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Black Ferns target tour clean sweep

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/11/2016

Selica Winiata of the Black Ferns © Getty Selica Winiata of the Black Ferns A Black Ferns team featuring four changes are targeting a clean sweep of their three-Test tour when they face Ireland in Dublin.

After tight wins over England and Canada, coach Glenn Moore hopes they can finish in style on Sunday although he is wary of an Irish side who beat them when the teams last met.

That was at the World Cup in France two years ago, when the 17-14 defeat in pool play ended the Black Ferns' hopes of winning a fifth successive title.

New Zealand have since returned to No.1 in the rankings while Ireland are fifth.

"There's a lot more in us yet," Moore said.

"The good thing is we've come over here and we've had to win tough and hang tough and fight it right out to the finish. That's been good for the squad and ultimately we'll get the benefits of that."

Moore says the tight turnaround between Tests is good preparation for next year's World Cup, hosted by Ireland.

Hooker Sosoli Talawadua will make her Test debut if used off the reserves bench.

Black Ferns: Selica Winiata, Honey Hireme, Portia Woodman, Chelsea Alley, Renee Wickliffe, Kelly Brazier, Kendra Cocksedge, Angie Sisifa, Charmaine McMenamin, Charmaine Smith, Charlene Gubb, Eloise Blackwell, Aleisha Nelson, Fiao'o Faamausili (capt), Toka Natu. Reserves: Sosoli Talawadua, Aldora Itunu, Aotearoa Mata'u, Jackie Fereti, Sharnita Woodman, Kristina Sue, Hazel Tubic, Janna Vaughan, Kiritapu Demant.

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