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Woodman to make Black Ferns debut

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/11/2016

Sharnita Woodman © Hannah Peters/Getty Images Sharnita Woodman Openside flanker Sharnita Woodman will make her Test debut off the bench for the Black Ferns when they meet Canada in Dublin on Thursday (NZT).

Woodman, who has also represented New Zealand in rugby league, is one of six changes to the team which beat England 25-20 in London on Sunday.

Wellington's Jackie Fereti replaces Rawinia Everitt, who has returned home with a shoulder injury, Charmaine Smith will start at openside and Charlene Gubb at lock.

Carla Hohepa comes off the bench to start at centre, and Portia Woodman has moved to the wing.

Coach Glenn Moore said the Black Ferns were tested during their win over England, and he expects the same from the Canadians.

"Canada will be buoyed after beating the Irish 48-7 at the weekend. They are a side that's getting better and better, and their confidence will be high."

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

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