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Black Ferns named for Australia clash

  • Black Ferns named for Australia clash

    Silver medallists New Zealand celebrate on the podium during the womens rugby sevens medal ceremony during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Deodoro Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 8, 2016. / AFP / John MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

New Zealand women's rugby coach Glenn Moore has named a 28-strong squad to take on Australia in a two-Test series later this month, as they build up to the World Cup next year.

Olympic Games silver medallists Kelly Brazier, Sarah Goss and Portia Woodman are included alongside fellow Black Ferns Sevens players Honey Hireme, Hazel Tubic, Janna Vaughan, Selica Winiata and Carla Hohepa (returning from injury).

The first match against Australia is a double header with the All Blacks Bledisloe Cup match at Eden Park on October 22.

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The second is at QBE Stadium on the North Shore on October 26.

The squad also includes debutantes Aotearoa Matua, a 19-year-old prop from Counties Manukau; Manawatu halfback Kristina Sue; and Sharnita Woodman, a loose forward from Counties Manukau.

Justine Lavea, Linda Itunu, Lesley Ketu and Stacey Waaka were unavailable due to injury.

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