Black Ferns team named for semifinal

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The team is (number of caps in brackets):

1. Toka Natua (14)
2. Fiao'o Faamausili - captain (50)
3. Aldora Itunu (13)
4. Eloise Blackwell (30)
5. Charmaine Smith (14)
6. Charmaine McMenamin (12)
7. Sarah Goss (8)
8. Aroha Savage (26)
9. Kendra Cocksedge (40)
10. Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali (17)
11. Renee Wickliffe (28)
12. Kelly Brazier (35)
13. Stacey Waaka (9)
14. Portia Woodman (14)
15. Selica Winiata (29)

16. Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate (18)
17. Sosoli Talawadua (6)
18. Aleisha Nelson (24)
19. Rebecca Wood (5)
20. Lesley Ketu (7)
21. Linda Itunu (34)
22. Theresa Fitzpatrick (5)
23. Carla Hohepha (23)

Moore said the team had come through their pool play matches well and were ready for the semifinal match against a tough USA side.

“We’ve planned carefully, and as a result the players have recovered well and are upbeat. Their levels of focus both on and off the field is impressive and we’re excited by the challenge in front of us.”

Moore has made to changes to the squad who faced Canada last week, (48-5), bringing in Aleisha Nelson as prop cover and Lesley Ketu to cover in the loose forwards.

He said the USA had a strong forward pack, and big, athletic backs with a lot pace.

“USA caused a lot of issues for England the other day because they have genuine pace on the edges. We expect them to throw everything at us, and when they have the ball they will be very quick.”

The Black Ferns will wear black armbands during the match to honour rugby legend Sir Colin Meads who sadly passed away at the weekend.

Moore said the team wanted to honour Meads for his enormous contribution to the black jersey and his support for grassroots rugby.

Following the Black Ferns v USA match, England will face France in the other semi-final match of the Women’s Rugby World Cup.

2017 Women's Rugby World Cup semifinal in Belfast

Wednesday, 23 August at 4am
Black Ferns v USA

2017 Women's Rugby World Cup pool results (Dublin)

Thursday, 10 August
RESULT: Black Ferns 44-12 Wales

Sunday, 13 August
RESULT: Black Ferns 121-0 Hong Kong

Thursday, 17 August
RESULT: Black Ferns 48-5 Canada

Broadcasting in New Zealand
The 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup will be broadcast on SKY TV.

All Black Ferns matches will be screened live on SKY SPORT 1.
Black Ferns v USA, Wednesday, 23 August - kickoff at 4.00am (NZT)

Delayed broadcast on Prime on Wednesday, 23 August from 5.20am (NZT).