Rugby: Bay players increase Black Fern's squad and Les Elder named as new captain

Rugby: Bay players increase Black Fern's squad and Les Elder named as new captain

Bay of Plenty's Les Elder has been named captain of a new look 2019 Black Ferns squad with 10 effortless players.

New Zealand Rugby announced Elder (13), a specialist number 7, who made her debut in the black shirt in 2015 and was part of the 2017 World Cup team as captain on Tuesday evening. Kendra Cocksedge (47) and Selica Winiata (36) have been named co-vice captains.

Black Ferns Head Coach Glenn Moore said seniors, the Great Rugby Union's Women's Player Development Manager, were a natural leader who had quickly influenced the culture of the team since her debut in 2015.

"On the pitch, Les is uncompromising and her knowledge of the game is excellent. From the field she has the ability to bring players together and bring out the best in them. She is a clear communicator that sets high standards for themselves for others to follow , "Moore said.

Lesley Elder is the new captain of black bands. Photo / Getty Images
Lesley Elder is the new captain of black bands. Photo / Getty Images

He has included seven new front and three backs. Three of the unanswered players have been named in previous squads, but do not yet have to start in the black shirt.

The seven new caps include the Bay of Plenty's Karli Faneva and Luka Connor, Forne Burkin (Canterbury), Kennedy Simon (Waikato), Harono Te Iringa (Counties Manukau), Grace Brooker (Canterbury) and Pia Tapsell (North Harbor) .

Joanah Ngan-Woo (Wellington), Kilisitina Moata-ana (Otago) and Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu (Counties Manukau) have all been mentioned in the team earlier and have not had their debut.

Moore said the preparation for the Women & # 39; s Rugby Super Series 2019 in San Diego was well underway and it was a chance for the new players to impress internationally.

"Everyone has a desire to be selected for the World Cup in 2021, but we have a job to do first in the US and it is an opportunity for these players to show what they can do.

"The young talent we have seen in recent camps is very encouraging, and the selection has been difficult and some very good players have missed out today."

He said that some black gangs were stalwarts in decisive positions, especially in forward-looking, as other players could now place their claim.

"I look forward to trying new combinations and building more depth in the team, especially in key positions, so in two years we will be spoiled for choice."

Moore and his selectors have included three Black Ferns Sevens players, in Kelly Brazier, Theresa Fitzpatrick and Alena Saili, after making them available for consideration with the support of their coach.

He said all three players had all previously been part of the Black Ferns 15s program and were eager to continue being included if and when circumstances allowed it.

"We know the priority of Black Ferns Sevens is the Tokyo Olympics and players' welfare is always our main concern. These players are part of our team and have the blessing of their seven coaches to join in. We are thrilled to have them on board. "

Black Ferns International Test Season starts in June with the Women & # 39; s Rugby Super Series 2019 when faced with the United States, Canada, France and England.

Black Ferns 2019 Schedule:
Women's Rugby Super Series 2019 in San Diego, USA
Chula Vista Elite Atlet Training Center.
Saturday, June 29th.
against Canada.
Kickoff: 11am (NZT).
Chula Vista Elite Atlet Training Center.
Wednesday, July 3rd.
v USA.
Kickoff: 12.15pm (NZT).
Chula Vista Elite Atlet Training Center.
Sunday July 7th
against France.
Kickoff: 12.15pm (NZT).
San Diego State University's Torero Stadium.
Monday, July 15th.
against England.
Kickoff: 8:00 (NZT).
Laurie & Reilly Memorial Trophy
Optus Stadium, Perth.
Saturday August 10th.
against Australia (with all black against Australia).
Kickoff: 7pm (NZT).
Eden Park, Auckland.
Saturday August 17th.
against Australia (with all black against Australia).
Kickoff: 5pm (NZT).

The Black Ferns squad is (Test caps in brackets): Forward: Eloise Blackwell (37), Auckland; Forne Burkin, Canterbury; Luka Connor, Bay of Plenty; Les Elder (Captain, 13), Bay of Plenty; Karli Faneva, Bay of Plenty; Aldora Itunu (20), Auckland; Phillipa Love (7), Canterbury; Charmaine McMenamin (19), Auckland; Toka Natua (16), Waikato; Aleisha-Pearl Nelson (29), Auckland; Joanah Ngan-Woo, Wellington; Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate (23), Counties Manukau; Marcelle Parkes (2), Wellington; Leilani Perese (5), Counties Manukau; Kennedy Simon, Waikato; Charmaine Smith (21), Auckland; Pia Tapsell, North Harbor; Harono In Iringa, Counties Manukau; Cristo TofaAuckland.Backs: Chelsea Alley (18), Waikato; Kelly Brazier (37), Bay of Plenty; Grace Brooker, Canterbury; Kendra Cocksedge (Co-Vice Captain, 47), Canterbury; Krysten Cottrell (5), Hawkes Bay; Kiritapu Demant (2), Bay of Plenty; Ruahei Demant (5), Auckland.Theresa Fitzpatrick (9), Auckland; Carla Hohepa (19), Waikato; Ayesha Leti-Iiga (3), Wellington; Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu, Counties Manukau; Kilisitina Moata, Otago; Natahlia Moors (1), Auckland; Alena Saili (2), Southland; Renee Wickliffe (35), Bay of Plenty; Selica Winiata (Co-Vice Captain, 36), Manawatu.

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