Black Ferns squad named for tour to England 1 Nov 2012
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Two women selected for international referee duties
Black Ferns Coach Brian Evans has named his squad to travel to England for a three-match tour this month.
In selecting his squad Evans said they had selected a good mix of experience and youthful talent. He has named five new caps in his squad of 26 for the tour which will again include playing their finale Test match at Twickenham after the All Blacks v England Test on 1 December.
"We are very excited about the prospect of playing England again. We know they are always a formidable opposition especially at home.
"While we have a few players who are new to the Black Ferns environment, we are very pleased that the Women's Provincial Competition and the Sevens programme have provided good platforms for preparation.
"I think we have a particularly strong forward pack with some very good ball runners. We are again lucky to have some exciting backs.
"Exposure to the style of lively and strong rugby that we know England will bring, will be a challenge, but one I know the women are up for. This is a good chance to test our depth as we also look ahead to next year's tour when England travel here," he said.
2011 Black Ferns and World Cup winning captain Victoria Grant was not available for selection due to injury.
Auckland police officer and 2011 New Zealand Rugby Woman Player of the Year Fiao'o Fa'amausili steps into the captaincy role for the tour. Last year Fa'amausili collected several sports awards including Police Association Sportsperson of the Year and the Samoan Senior Sports Women of the year.
The Black Ferns squad for 2012 is:
Aleisha Nelson *
Jackie Patea *
Charlene Halapua *
Zoey Berry *
Victoria Nafatali *
Teresa Te Tamaki
Hazel Tubic PROVINCE
International duties for NZ Referees:
Two of this year's Women's Provincial Championship referees have earned international duties with the whistle. New Zealand's most experienced woman referee Nicky Inwood (Canterbury) and new talent Brigitte Tyler (Wellington) will be on the international stage after they were named on the 2012/2013 IRB Women's Referee panels for fifteens and sevens international matches respectively.
MEDIA NOTE: The Black Ferns will assemble for a short camp in Auckland tomorrow ahead of their pre-departure camp 15 - 18 November in Auckland. Former All Blacks and 2011 Rugby World Cup winning Coach Sir Graham Henry will help lead a training session with the Black Ferns tomorrow (Friday 2 November) morning.
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