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New-look Black Ferns must improve: coach

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/06/2017

New Zealand players pose for a team photo during the Women's International Test match. © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images New Zealand players pose for a team photo during the Women's International Test match. Black Ferns coach Glenn Moore has tweaked his team to play Australia in their second Test of the four-nation international women's rugby series in Christchurch on Tuesday.

The Black Ferns beat Canada 28-16 last Friday in Wellington, and although Moore was happy with the win, he wants an improved effort against Australia.

Rebecca Wood will make her debut in the black jersey at lock, while prop Toka Natua replaces Pip Love.

Charmaine McMenamin, Aldora Itunu and Theresa Fitzpatrick complete the changes in the starting 15.

"There were areas where we let ourselves down with some ill-discipline and we didn't always take advantage of our talented backline," Moore said.

"We'll be looking to improve on those areas tomorrow."

The changes would give some of the newer players more experience, and test combinations that may be used later in the year at the World Cup in Ireland in August.

New Zealand will be defending the trans-Tasman Laurie O'Reilly Memorial Trophy, named in honour of a former Black Ferns selector and women's rugby stalwart.

New Zealand: Selica Winiata, Honey Hireme, Stacey Waaka, Theresa Fitzpatrick, Portia Woodman, Kelly Brazier, Kendra Cocksedge, Charmaine McMenamin, Sarah Goss, Charmaine Smith, Rebecca Wood, Eloise Blackwell, Aldora Itunu, Fiao'o Faamausili, Toka Natua. Reserves: Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate, Sosoli Talawadua, Aleisha Nelson, Lesley Ketu, Linda Itunu, Kristina Sue, Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali, Chelsea Alley.

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