The primary version of the WXV kicks off in Wellington on October 21, concluding two rounds later with the Black Ferns dealing with their Rugby World Cup closing opponents for the primary time since that well-known win at Eden Park final November.
Additionally included within the prime tier of the brand new worldwide event are the opposite two of the highest three finishers from each the Six Nations and Pacific 4 Sequence; France, Wales, Australia and Canada.
New Black Ferns coach Allan Bunting loved a successful begin to his reign with a dominant Pacific 4 Sequence win and has named a largely comparable 30-woman squad for the WXV, with the addition of some excellent younger expertise who impressed within the current Farah Palmer Cup season and the return of world famous person Ruby Tui.
Auckland’s FPC winning effort on Saturday has seen eight of their squad included in the Black Ferns outfit, contributing half of the team’s four new names: Chryss Viliko and Sophie Fisher.
The other two newcomers are Canterbury’s Martha Mataele and Manawatu’s Layla Sae.
“It has been a very tough selection for our coaching group, which demonstrates the growth in our women’s game and a reflection our depth is certainly building. Our new players have really stood out in several important behaviours we value. All of which we have been looking for in this year’s Farah Palmer Cup,” said Black Ferns Director of Rugby Bunting.
“It is an exciting opportunity for them to come on this journey and look to continue their growth both on and off the field. The future of our internal competition is exciting to see.”
Black ferns squad for the WXV 1
Amy Du Plessis
Logo-I-Pulotu Lemapu Atai’i (Sylvia) Brunt
* Denotes potential debut
Also announced was the first Black Ferns XV squad, a team packed with aspiring international talent who will face Manusina XV on September 23rd.
Black Ferns XV Squad
Leaso Grace Gago Tiatia
Angelica Mekemeke Vahai