12 Nov 2016

Black Ferns name squad

12:46 pm on 12 November 2016

One uncapped player has been named in the Black Ferns New Zealand women's rugby team for their tour of the United Kingdom.

Sharnita Woodman playing for the Kiwi Ferns in 2015.

Sharnita Woodman playing for the Kiwi Ferns in 2015. Photo: Photosport

The Counties loose forward, Sharnita Woodman, joins a squad stacked with experience - a total 284 caps - for the three match tour.

Sharnita has previously played in the Kiwi Ferns alongside her twin sister Shontelle and was part of the Black Ferns squad that played Australia in October.

Prop Sosoli Talawadua and first-five Kiri Demant are the only new names to be added to the team since two Test wins over Australia.

The squad of 27 play England in London, and Canada then Ireland in Dublin.

Head Coach Glenn Moore said the series was a chance for to see how players cope with the unique pressures of touring.

"Making the Black Ferns squad for the World Cup next year is everyone's goal, so getting some game time against some tough opposition will be hugely valuable," he said.

"There is no doubt England, Canada and Ireland will be fired up - it's going to be a fantastic few weeks of women's rugby."


Aldora Itunu, Aotearoa Mata'u, Toka Natua, Aleisha Nelson, Sosoli Talawadua, Fiao'o Faamausili (capt), Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate, Eloise Blackwell, Charlene Gubb, Charmaine Smith, Rawinia Everitt, Charmaine McMenamin, Aroha Savage, Angie Sisifa, Sharnita Woodman.


Kendra Cocksedge, Kristina Sue, Kelly Brazier, Kiritapu Demant, Chelsea Alley, Renee Wickliffe, Honey Hireme, Carla Hohepa, Janna Vaughan, Selica Winiata, Portia Woodman, Hazel Tubic.

Saturday, 19 November: Black Ferns v England, The Stoop Twickenham, London

Wednesday, 23 November: Black Ferns v Canada, Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin

Sunday, 27 November: Black Ferns v Ireland, The Bowl, UCD, Dublin