Black Ferns squad named for Womens Rugby World Cup 2014

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New Zealand to push for fifth consecutive title
   
     
    The Black Ferns squad to defend the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup title kicking off  in France on 1 August, has been named.

The reigning World Champions head to Europe later this month in a bid to add to their record four World Cup titles.

The 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup squad is:

   
    FORWARDS:

Props
Ruth McKay
Aleisha Nelson
Stephanie Te Ohaere-Fox
Kathleen Wilton  

Hookers
Fiao’o Fa’amausili (captain)
Te-Kura Ngata-Aerengamate   

Locks
Eloise Blackwell
Sanita Levave
Jackie Patea     

Loose Forwards
Rawinia Everitt
Linda Itunu
Justine Lavea
Casey Robertson
Aroha Savage

BACKS:

Halfbacks
Kendra Cocksedge
Emma Jensen    

First five-eighths
Kelly Brazier
Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali  

Midfielders
Huriana Manuel
Claire Richardson
Amiria Rule

Wing/Fullback
Shakira Baker
Honey Hireme
Halie Tiplady-Hurring
Renee Wickliffe
Selica Winiata    


Manawatu
Auckland
Canterbury
Otago


Auckland
Counties Manukau


Auckland
Wellington
Wellington


Counties Manukau
Auckland
Auckland
Canterbury
Counties Manukau

Canterbury
Auckland


Otago
Otago


Auckland
Auckland
Canterbury


Manawatu
Waikato
Canterbury
Counties Manukau
Manawatu

     
   
Black Ferns Head Coach Brian Evans said the International Women’s Rugby Series against Australia, Samoa and Canada last month had provided a great opportunity to test their combinations and depth and was the ideal World Cup preparation for the Black Ferns.

“I think now we’ve got a really good mix through the team from the front row, really good loose forwards who are all fit and firing at the moment, and also in the backs there’s some clear talent there and some pace that we’ve probably lacked for a few years.  The inclusion of the Sevens girls is fantastic they’re fit and strong and ready to go.

“I think across the park, we have developed a really good team and we want to use the ball like most New Zealand teams.”

Evans said they expected other nations to be very strong in France with increasing focus on the women’s game around the world.

“It’s a huge opportunity to represent your country.  The players are so excited about wearing the black ferns jersey and performing for their country, for the team.  The legacy of the team is huge and the results we have had over the years, so they are looking forward to stepping up to carrying that on,” he said.

“I think the teams at the moment that will challenge at this World Cup have probably grown from the last couple of World Cups – France, England – while I  think the Canadians are a lot stronger over the last couple of years.”

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