Black Ferns named to face Wales in their first Test at Forsyth Barr Stadium
The Black Ferns coaching group of Allan Bunting, Steve Jackson, Mike Delany and Tony Christie have announced the team to take on Wales in their second match of the inaugural WXV1 Tournament this Saturday afternoon (4.00pm), in Dunedin at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Following their intense clash against France last weekend, seven changes have been made to the match day 23 to take on Wales.
Loosehead prop Kate Henwood, lock Chelsea Bremner, loose forward Layla Sae and winger Mererangi Paul earn their first start of the WXV1 Tournament with Mererangi Paul also starting on the left wing. On the bench, experienced forwards Krystal Murray and Alana Bremner will be a force when injected into the match alongside halfback Iritana Hohaia.
Black Ferns team is:
1. Kate Henwood (2)
2. Georgia Ponsonby (18)
3. Amy Rule (17)
4. Maiakawanakaulani Roos (19)
5. Chelsea Bremner (16)
6. Layla Sae (1)
7. Kennedy Simon (18) (Co-Captain)
8. Liana Mikaele-Tu’u (16)
9. Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu (17)
10. Ruahei Demant (31) (Co-Captain)
11. Mererangi Paul (3)
12. Logo-I-Pulotu Lemapu Atai'i (Sylvia) Brunt (11)
13. Amy du Plessis (12)
14. Ruby Tui (11)
15. Renee Holmes (14)
16. Luka Connor (18)
17. Krystal Murray (12)
18. Tanya Kalounivale (11)
19. Alana Bremner (17)
20. Lucy Jenkins (4)
21. Iritana Hohaia (4)
22. Patricia Maliepo (5)
23. Martha Mataele (2)
This will be the first time since 1997 that the Black Ferns have played in Dunedin in what will be an historic match-up between the Black Ferns and their Welsh rivals.
The year was 1️⃣9️⃣9️⃣7️⃣ when the Black Ferns last played in Dunedin.— Black Ferns (@BlackFerns) October 23, 2023
Only a third of the current squad were born when the Black Ferns bet Australia 44-0 that day at Carisbrook.
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Black Ferns Director of Rugby Allan Bunting said the team are rapt to be in Dunedin and were looking forward to the challenge Wales presents.
“There was plenty to be proud about our game against France, and we were pleased with the growth our wāhine displayed in certain aspects of our game. We needed to be smarter about where our energy is used against quality teams like France. As a coaching group too, we can be better at how we prepare our wāhine moving forward. We see that game as a gift for us at this stage of our journey as we shift our focus to Wales, and we have been working well at making critical adjustments as a group. I know the team are eager to get back out on the field against a quality Welsh side and play the game on our terms a bit more down here in beautiful Dunedin at this awesome stadium.”
Don’t say it, don’t say it, don’t say it… some Dunner Stunners! 😍— Black Ferns (@BlackFerns) October 23, 2023
Can’t wait to take on Wales here in Ōtepoti this weekend!
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