Black Ferns milestones set for WRWC match against Canada

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• Fiao’o Faamausili first Black Fern to reach 50 Tests
• The team named to play Canada in final pool match captain Fiao’o Faamausili will become the most-capped Black Fern ever when she leads her side in their third and final pool match of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland on Thursday afternoon local time.

Black Ferns Head Coach Glenn Moore has named his team for the match against Canada today.

Among the squad is Faamausili set to reach a record 50 caps, Kendra Cocksedge set to reach 40 caps and Eloise Blackwell 30 caps.

The team is (number of caps in brackets):

1. Toka Natua 13
2. Fiao’o Faamausili – captain 49
3. Aldora Itunu 12
4. Eloise Blackwell 29
5. Charmaine Smith 13
6. Charmaine McMenamin 11
7. Sarah Goss   7
8. Aroha Savage 25
9. Kendra Cocksedge 39
10. Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali 16
11. Renee Wickliffe 27
12. Kelly Brazier 34
13. Stacey Waaka   8
14. Portia Woodman 13
15. Selica Winiata 28
16. Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate 17
17. Sosoli Talawadua   5
18. Aotearoa Mata’u   7
19. Rebecca Wood   4
20. Linda Itunu 33
21. Kristina Sue   8
22. Theresa Fitzpatrick   4
23. Carla Hohepa 16

Moore said it would be a crucial match for the Black Ferns with places in the semifinals on the line.

“Whoever wins this game, probably wins the pool. We need to win it and ultimately, we’d like to win it with a bonus point.”

He said he’d been happy with their 121 – nil wins over Hong Kong which saw 19 tries scored – eight by winger Portia Woodman.

“The Hong Kong match was critical for us to score a good tally of points and have none scored against us. It will stand us in good stead if points differentials need to be calculated.

“Everyone is very buoyant and excited. This will be a very memorable day for Fiao’o, reaching the 50th cap while at a World Cup is extremely special.”

Moore said that true to Faamausili’s character, she was determined to focus on the task at hand, rather than her individual achievement.

“It’s a real testament to Fiao’o’s leadership. As captain, she puts the team before everything. It will be a very proud day for the entire Black Ferns family and for rugby.”

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A first for the Black Ferns

Police Detective Fiao’o Faamausili was first selected for the Black Ferns in 2002 and has been named consistently (aside from 2004 when she was living in Australia) since.

Regarded as one of the most formidable hookers in women’s world rugby, she is playing in her fifth Women’s Rugby World Cup tournament.  She has captained the Black Ferns since 2012.

New Zealand Rugby Chair Brent Impey has congratulated Faamausili on achieving the 50-Test milestone.

“Fiao’o has made an enormous contribution not only to the Black Ferns but also to the wider rugby community. She has played almost 100 matches for her beloved Auckland Storm and by nature is a fantastic role model for young players in her community.”

Impey said he had recently been in camp with the Black Ferns during their World Cup campaign in Ireland where he had experienced first-hand Faamausili’s leadership and witnessed her on-field skills.

“There is no team that works harder than the Black Ferns and Fiao’o drives that level of dedication and professionalism. She leads by example, and as a result, the women around her lift their own performances.

“On the field, she is fearless and is constantly striving to further extend her level of play. I wish her and her team all the best for the remainder of the Women’s Rugby World Cup and look forward to seeing Fiao’o in action.

“New Zealand Rugby will be recognizing her achievement in the appropriate way later in the year,” he said.

Earlier today New Zealand Rugby announced a new annual award – the Fiao’o Fa’amausili Medal for the player of the year in the Farah Palmer Cup.



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