The Black Ferns will be looking to finish their Northern Tour on a high this weekend, taking on France in their second Test in Castres.
Black Ferns v France, Saturday 20 November
3.00pm local time (3.00am Sunday NZT)
Stade Pierre-Farbre, Castres
DEBUT FOR KENDRA REYNOLDS
Bay of Plenty’s Kendra Reynolds will make her much-anticipated debut for the Black Ferns against France in Castres. She played for the Black Ferns in their domestic series against the Barbarians last year, but her international debut awaits off the bench. Head coach Glenn Moore said Reynolds has impressed and they are pleased with the progress she has shown over the last couple of years. Moore said she’s a class act and will bring something a bit different to the side when she’s injected into the match.
LAST TEST BEFORE HUGE 2022 SEASON
The Northern Tour hasn’t exactly gone to plan for the Black Ferns. Hammered by England in two Tests and then beaten again by France in Pau last weekend. They’ve tried out new combos and blooded a whole raft of new players. But there will be a huge amount of determination to ensure they finish on a positive note ahead of the summer break. Players will go straight into Super Rugby Aupiki squads in the new year, before playing more Tests ahead of the Rugby World Cup on home soil. A win against France would be a huge confidence booster ahead of a mammoth 2022 season.
MILESTONE FOR COCKSEDGE
Halfback Kendra Cocksedge will run out for her 57th Black Ferns Test this weekend, equalling the current record held by Fiao’o Faamausili as the most capped player in the team’s history. The 33 year-old made her Test debut on 16 October 2007 against Australia in Whanganui as a teenager. She holds the current record for the most points scored by a Black Fern, with 350 points.
TEAMS (* indicates debut)
1. Phillipa Love 2. Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate 3. Aleisha-Pearl Nelson 4. Eloise Blackwell 5. Maiakawanakaulani Roos 6. Liana Mikaele-Tu’u 7. Les Elder © 8. Kennedy Simon 9. Kendra Cocksedge 10. Kelly Brazier 11. Portia Woodman 12. Chelsea Alley 13. Carla Hohepa 14. Stacey Fluhler 15. Chey Robins-Reti
Reserves: 16. Georgia Ponsonby 17. Aldora Itunu 18. Amy Rule 19. Alana Bremner 20. Kendra Reynolds* 21. Ariana Bayler 22. Ruahei Demant 23. Renee Wickliffe
1. Coco Lindelauf 2. Agathe Sochat 3. Annaellë Deshayes 4. Céline Ferer 5. Audrey Forlani 6. Gaëlle Hermet 7. Romane Ménager 8. Emeline Gros 9. Pauline Bourdon 10. Caroline Drouin 11. Marie Auélie Castel 12. Gabrielle Vernier 13. Maëlle Filopon 14. Cryielle Banet 15. Chloé Jacquet
Reserves: 16. Caroline Thomas 17. Yllana Brosseau 18. Clara Joyeux 19. Safi N’Diaye 20. Julie Annery 21. Laure Sansus 22. Morgan Peyronnet 23. Émilie Boulard