New era begins for Canterbury Women's rugby

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Tighthead Prop Stephanie Te Ohaere-Fox will again captain the side. She will be joined in the squad by fellow 2014 Black Fern Kendra Cocksedge along with another international player in Vicki Campbell who represented Samoa at this year’s World Cup in France.

Head Coach John Sherratt says the valuable experience of Casey Robertson, Amira Rule and Halie Hurring-Tiplady will certainly be missed this year, as they all retired following the recent Women’s Rugby World Cup.

“Casey, Amiria and Halie have given a huge amount to this game and to this province. Their leadership, skills and experience will be missed however I know that they are excited, as we are, to see the new talent coming through in this squad.

“We have a number of new faces this year, which adds to the excitement and energy of the new season. In the forwards we are introducing hooker Molly Wright; prop Ashley Edwards; two new locks, MacKenzie Rossiter & Jess Hansen; Alana Bremner who can play lock or loose forward; and flanker Laura Buckingham. In the backline we have Claire Smith at halfback; three new second-fives, Nicola Hoole, Breana Kaio Te-Whetu & Epe Aukuso; new centres in Keshia Grant and Lucy Anderson; new wing/fullback Keilamarita Pouri-Lane, and another winger Lucy Ryan returning after a season ending injury in 2013,” Sherratt said.

Canterbury have a bye of the first week of competition, so will play their first match against Bay of Plenty on Saturday 30 August at Christchurch’s Rugby Park (12:30pm kick-off).