Black Ferns coach Brian Evans has made five changes to his lineup to take on Australia early tomorrow (NZ time) in the second pool game of rugby's women's World Cup in London.
After beating South Africa 55-3 in the opening pool match, Canterbury prop Steph Te Ohaere-Fox, Auckland wing Victoria Grant and Auckland flanker Linda Itunu are called up for starting duty.
Canterbury prop Mel Bosman and Wellington utility back Rebecca Hull are also promoted after bench roles in the opening pool game.
Auckland utility back Trish Hina and loose forward Aroha Savage will both make their test debuts should they come off the bench against the Australians.
Despite making a flying start to ther tournament, Evans will be looking for improvements in some areas.
''Overall, it was a good team performance first up - we got off to a fast start and kept the pressure on for most of the game and the forwards created some great space which resulted in some fantastic tries out wide.
''The second half was a little patchy and we have areas we need to improve on because we know Australia will be a tougher opponent.''
The Australian squad features eight players from the World Cup sevens team that won the inaugural tournament in Dubai last year. Australia won their opening pool match against Wales 26-12.
NEW ZEALAND: 15 Rebecca Mahoney (nee Hull), 14 Carla Hohepa, 1 3 Huriana Manuel, 12 Kelly Brazier, 11 Victoria Grant, 10 Anna Richards, 9 Emma Jensen; 8 Linda Itunu, 7 Justine lavea, 6 Melissa Ruscoe (capt), 5 Victoria Heighway, 4 Vita Robinson, 3 Step TeOhaere-Fox, 2 Fiao'o Faamausili, 1 Mel Bosman. Reserves: 16 Karina Penetito, 17 Ruth McKay, 18 Monalisa Codling, 19 Aroha Savage, 20 Kendra Cocksedge, 21 Trish Hina, 22 Halie Hurring.
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