Black Ferns Debut Rising Stars in Women’s Rugby Showdown with USA

Meet the fresh faces making their debut for the Black Ferns in a thrilling match against the USA. Coach Allan Bunting praises the rising stars’ dedication and skills, hinting at an exciting future for women’s rugby in New Zealand.

Women’s rugby rising stars shine for Black Ferns against USA

Hamilton, New Zealand – This weekend, the New Zealand Black Ferns will kick off their 2024 Pacific Four Series campaign against the USA, and coach Allan Bunting has included several bright young talents in his matchday 23.

Three debutants have been named to face the Americans, with impressive lock Maama Mo’onia Vaipulu and Maiakawanakaulani Roos starting in the second row, while Maia Joseph has been entrusted with the crucial No. 9 jersey. 20-year-old playmaker Hannah King will also make her debut off the bench, joining co-captain Ruahei Demant in the halves.

“Each of these ladies have continued to impress us since joining the Black Ferns squad,” Bunting said. “They have worked diligently and it’s awesome to be able to reward them with this opportunity and enjoy the occasion. It will be a special moment for them and their whānau and one they should be proud of. We are all excited for them and have their backs this weekend.”

After breakthrough seasons in Super Rugby Aupiki, these youthful stars have continued to impress Bunting and his coaching staff in Black Ferns camp, earning their selection ahead of some more experienced names.

This match marks the team’s first outing of 2024 and their first since a disappointing WXV 1 campaign in 2023, which saw the reigning world champions finish fourth with just one win from three games. Bunting is confident his side has shown the necessary consistency in training and is eager to kick off their international season in front of home fans.

“We have seen consistency in a few areas we have been working through and we are looking forward to seeing this in our opening Test. Our coaching group have been pleased with the intent and focus our squad have been putting in. We know our ladies are eager to kick off their international season and take on the USA in front of our fans at home.”

With talented female rugby players continuing to emerge, the Black Ferns’ lineup for this clash against the USA showcases the depth and bright future of women’s rugby in New Zealand.

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