Black Ferns name team for Wallaroos clash

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by Beth Newman

New Zealand sevens stars Portia Woodman and Sarah Goss will line up for the Black Ferns when they take on the Wallaroos at Eden Park.

The pair were slotted straight back into the team after their silver medal-winning performance in Rio, as the Black Ferns look to extend their winning streak over Australia to 14 Tests.

New Zealand has named two potential debutants in the clash, with Aotearoa Mata’u and Kristina Sue named on the bench for Saturday's match.

Loosehead prop Pip Love faces a race against time to be fit for the clash, with Tokau Natua in line to replace Love if she doesn't pull up in time.

Black Ferns coach Glenn Moore said they would be wary of a Wallaroos outfit with a host of new faces.

"The team we’ve selected brings a mix of experience, youth and debutants. The team’s come into camp determined to work hard and although they had only a short time to prepare they have quickly gelled as a unit," he said.

“Trans-Tasman Test matches always bring an extra edge of competition and intensity. The Wallaroos are a bit of an unknown to us at this stage. What we do know is they will be just as determined as we are to get the win.”

“We’re excited to play at Eden Park in front of family, friends and fans. It’s going to be a great night.” 

The Black Ferns host the Wallaroos at Eden Park, kicking off at 3:05pm  AEDT, live on FOX SPORTS and online through http://www.abc.net.au/grandstand.

Black Ferns team

1. Pip Love (Toka Natua)

2. Fiao’o Fa’amausili (c)

3.  Aleisha Nelson

4.Eloise Blackwell

5. Charmaine Smith

6. Rawinia Everitt

7. Sarah Goss

8. Aroha Savage

9. Kendra Cocksedge

10. Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali

11. Renee Wickliffe

12. Chelsea Alley

13. Portia Woodman

14. Honey Hireme

15.Selica Winiata

Reserves

16. Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate

17. Toka Natua (Aldora Itunu)

18. Aotearoa Mata’u*

19. Charlene Gubb

20. Charmaine McMenamin

21. Kristina Sue*

22. Kelly Brazier

23. Janna Vaughan

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