Black Ferns Select Squad For Super Series

Black Ferns Raring To Go Against USA

New Zealand Women's National Team head coach Glenn Moore has selected 30 players to for the Women's Super Series kicking off June 28 in San Diego.

The entire Super Series will be LIVE Worldwide* on FloRugby

Eight of the players come into the trip uncapped, and this will be a stern test for the #1-ranked Black Ferns as they take on the #2-#5 teams in the world in England, Canada, France, and the USA.

Les Elder captains the squad, while Kendra Cocksedge is the most-capped at 47, and serves alongside former Minesota Valkyrie Selica Winiata (36 caps) as vice captains. Ten of the 15 who started against the USA in November (and won 67-6) return, and four of the eight bench players do, too.


It would have been 11, but prop Aidora Itunu was felled by a knee injury, opening up a spot for uncapped Olivia Ward-Duin.

“Olivia has been part of our wider Black Ferns training squad for the past couple of years so she’s familiar with the high-performance environment," Moore told AllBlacks.com. "This is her opportunity to work hard, learn from those around her, and take her game to the next level."

The last time the Black Ferns were on US soil was November 3, 2018 at Soldier Field, when New Zealand scored 11 tries on the way to a convincing victory. But it will be a more experienced USA team, and three other opponents looking to unset the top dogs this time around.

New Zealand Women's National 15s Roster For Super Series.

(Super Series is LIVE on FloRugby for all New Zealand fans outside of New Zealand.)


FORWARDS
Hookers    
Forne Burkin Canterbury (Uncapped)
Luka Connor Bay of Plenty (Uncapped)
Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate (23) Counties Manukau

Props    
Phillipa Love (7) Canterbury
Toka Natua (16) Waikato
Aleisha-Pearl Nelson (29) Auckland
Leilani Perese (5) Counties Manukau
Olivia Ward-Duin North Harbour (Uncapped)

Locks    
Eloise Blackwell (37) Auckland
Karli Faneva Bay of Plenty (Uncapped)
Joanah Ngan-Woo Wellington (Uncapped)
Charmaine Smith (21) Auckland

Loose Forwards    
Les Elder (Captain, 13) Bay of Plenty
Charmaine McMenamin (19) Auckland
Marcelle Parkes (2) Wellington
Kennedy Simon Waikato (Uncapped)
Pia Tapsell    North Harbour (Uncapped)

BACKS
Halfbacks    
Kendra Cocksedge (Co-vice captain, 47) Canterbury
Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu Counties Manukau (Uncapped)

Midfield    
Chelsea Alley (18) Waikato
Kelly Brazier (37) Bay of Plenty
Krysten Cottrell (5) Hawke's Bay
Ruahei Demant (2) Auckland
Theresa Fitzpatrick (9) Auckland

Outside Backs    
Carla Hohepa (19) Waikato
Ayesha Leti-I’iga (3) Wellington
Natahlia Moors (1) Auckland
Alena Saili (2) Southland
Renee Wickliffe (35) Bay of Plenty
Selica Winiata (Co-vice captain, 36) Manawatu

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