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Black Ferns squad named for Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014

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allblacks.com     02 Jul 2014     Getty Images

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

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.”

New Zealand is in pool B with USA, Kazakhstan and Ireland.