Fa'amausili to captain Black Ferns on tour

LEADING THE WAY: New Black Ferns captain Fiao'o Fa'amausili in action.
LEADING THE WAY: New Black Ferns captain Fiao'o Fa'amausili in action.

World Cup winning coach Sir Graham Henry will help prepare the Black Ferns women's team for their looming three test series with England.

Black Ferns Coach Brian Evans has named his 26-strong squad to travel to England.

They have a three-day camp starting in Auckland tomorrow.

Henry will be involved in tomorrow's coaching session.

Auckland police officer and 2011 New Zealand Rugby Woman Player of the Year Fiao'o Fa'amausili has been named captain, replacing Victoria Grant who was unavailable because of injury.

Evans felt they had selected a good mix of experience and young talent.

He has named five new caps for the tour which will again include playing their final test match at Twickenham after the All Blacks v England test on December 1.

"We are very excited about the prospect of playing England again. We know they are always a formidable opposition especially at home," Evans said of the English team which have become New Zealand's main rival.

"While we have a few players who are new to the Black Ferns environment, we are very pleased that the Women's Provincial Competition and the Sevens programme have provided good platforms for preparation.

"I think we have a particularly strong forward pack with some very good ball runners. We are again lucky to have some exciting backs.

Exposure to the style of lively and strong rugby that we know England will bring, will be a challenge, but one I know the women are up for. This is a good chance to test our depth as we also look ahead to next year's tour when England travel here," he said.


Forwards: Stephanie TeOhaere-Fox (Canterbury), Ruth McKay Manawatu, Kathleen Wilton (Otago), Aleisha Nelson* (Auckland), Fiao'o Fa'amausili (Auckland), Karina Stowers (Auckland), Eloise Blackwell (Auckland), Jackie Patea* (Wellington), Charlene Halapua* (Auckland), Rawinia Everitt (Auckland), Lydia Crossman (Auckland), Justine Lavea (Auckland), Aroha Savage (Auckland), Casey Robertson (Canterbury)

Backs: Zoey Berry* (Canterbury), Emma Jensen (Auckland), Kendra Cocksedge (Canterbury), Victoria Nafatali* (Otago), Kelly Brazier (Otago), Teresa Te Tamaki (Waikato), Claire Richardson (Otago), Shakira Baker (Manawatu), Halie Hurring (Otago), Anika Tiplady (Otago), Selica Winiata (Manawatu), Hazel Tubic (Auckland)

* New caps

Black Ferns Test Schedule (NZ Times)

Black Ferns v England, Esher RFC, November 24, 8.30am
Black Ferns v England, Army Rugby Stadium, Aldershot, November 28, 8.30am
Black Ferns v England, Twickenham, December 2, 6am

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