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Black Ferns make three starting changes

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/10/2016

The Black Ferns have made three starting changes to the side who crushed Australia 67-3 in the first Test in Auckland.

One key switch for Wednesday's second and final game in Albany is at first five-eighth, where Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali is replaced by Kelly Brazier, with Carla Hohepa coming onto the reserves bench.

Charmaine McMenamin starts at blindside flank for Rawinia Everitt while prop Pip Love is replaced by Toko Natua.

Coach Glenn Moore said Love suffered a knee injury during the first Test at Eden Park on Saturday, ruling her out of the season-ending tour which comprises Tests against England, Canada and Ireland.

Chelsea Alley has been retained at second five-eighth but is in doubt with injury. She is bracketed with Janna Vaughan.

Despite the heavy opening win, Moore is demanding better from his team at QBE Stadium.

"Defensively we played really well, and we've focused this week on improving our ball retention," he said.

Black Ferns: Selica Winiata, Honey Hireme, Portia Woodman, Chelsea Alley/Janna Vaughan, Renee Wickliffe, Kelly Brazier, Kendra Cocksedge, Aroha Savaga, Sarah Goss, Charmaine McMenamin, Charmaine Smith, Eloise Blackwell, Aleisha Nelson, Fiao'o Faamausili, Toko Natua. Reserves: Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate, Aldora Itunu, Aotearoa Mata'u, Charlene Gubb, Angie Sisifa, Kristina Sue, Carla Hohepa, Hazel Tubic.

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