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Black Ferns ready to start over

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 23/11/2016

Black Ferns coach Allan Bunting has named four new caps in a 12-strong squad to contest the opening tournament of the women's rugby sevens world series in Dubai next week.

Bunting said the upcoming series was about building the foundations for long-term success.

"Dubai kicks off our new journey to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. There is a real sense of excitement and we can't wait to get going," he said.

Bunting said it was exciting that super-boot Kelly Brazier and world sevens series top try-scorer Portia Woodman would be joining the squad at the end of the Black Ferns' Northern Tour.

The sevens team includes four new caps: Tenika Willison and Rebekah Cordero-Tufuga in the main squad, and Jess Drummond and Danielle Paenga as travelling reserves.

Several players were unavailable to play in the opening tournament including Kayla McAlister, Gayle Broughton, Huriana Manuel, Carla Hohepa and Honey Hireme.

The team is: Ruby Tui, Shakira Baker, Jordon Webber, Niall Williams, Sarah Goss (captain), Michaela Blyde, Tyla Nathan-Wong, Kelly Brazier, Tenika Willison, Katarina Whata-Simpkins, Portia Woodman, Rebekah Cordero-Tufuga. Travelling reserves: Jess Drummond, Danielle Paenga.

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