Black Ferns team for second Test against England

getty     27 Nov 2012     getty

The Black Ferns Coaching team has picked the strongest team available for their second Test against England at Aldershot's Army Rugby Stadium on Wednesday morning (New Zealand Time).

Black Ferns Coach Brian Evans said they felt it was important to give the experienced group another chance to gel as a team, following their first-up 16 - 13 loss to England last Saturday (NZT) morning at Esher RFC.

"Obviously everyone was disappointed to let England take that game, but they've all picked themselves up, and the team has trained exceptionally well. They are looking forward to the second Test," Evans said.

Young first-five eighth and new cap Victoria Nafatali (Otago) has had her tour cut short after straining the posterior-lateral corner of her knee which is expected to take 4 - 6 weeks to heal.

Waikato's Chelsea Alley has been called in as a replacement and will fly this evening for England.

The Black Ferns team for the second Test against England is (with Test caps, * denotes new cap):

Starting XV
1 Karina Stowers (13)
2 Fiao'o Fa'amausili, captain (22)
3 Kathleen Wilton (6)
4 Eloise Blackwell (4)
5 Rawinia Everitt (3)
6 Aroha Savage (5)
7 Justine Lavea (18)
8 Casey Robertson (25)
9 Emma Jensen (32)
10 Kendra Cocksedge (12)
11 Shakira Baker (4)
12 Kelly Brazier (11)
13 Claire Richardson (15)
14 Hazel Tubic (4)
15 Selica Winiata (2)

16 Ruth McKay (11)
17 Stephanie TeOhaere-Fox (11)
18 Aleisha Nelson (1)
19 Jackie Patea (1)
20 Lydia Crossman (3)
21 Zoey Berry
22 Teresa Te Tamaki (5)
23 Halie Hurring (11)

The Test match will be streamed live on the RFU website. To view a replay of the first Test, and to view the second Test live online go to