Ex-Southlander Casey Robertson in Black Ferns

Casey Robertson
Casey Robertson

Former Southlander Casey Robertson has been named at No 8 for the opening test of the New Zealand women's rugby team's European tour.

Black Ferns Coach Brian Evans has named a largely experienced starting line-up for their tour opener against England on Saturday (NZ time).

Four new Black Ferns - Aleisha Nelson, Jackie Patea, Zoey Berry and Victoria Nafatali - have also been named in the side and they are set to make their Test debuts off the bench.

The team is (with Test caps, * denotes new cap): Selica Winiata (1), Halie Hurring (10), Claire Richardson (14), Kelly Brazier (10), Shakira Baker (3), Kendra Cocksedge (14), Emma Jensen (31), Casey Robertson (24), Justine Lavea (17), Aroha Savage (4), Rawinia Everitt (2), Eloise Blackwell (3), Kathleen Wilton (5), Fiao'o Faamausili (captain) (21), Ruth McKay (10). Reserves; Karina Stowers (12), Stephanie TeOhaere-Fox (10), Aleisha Nelson (0), Jacke Patea (0), Lydia Crossman (2), Zoey Berry (0), Victoria Nafatali (0), Hazel Tubic (3).

The Southland Times