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Black Ferns name much changed line-up

Black Ferns coach Brian Evans has named a much-changed line-up to take oN England A tonight at Esher.

The mid-week match will see first ever Black Ferns appearances for Aucklands Renee Wickcliffe, Wellingtons Claire Rowat and Canterburys Amanda Murphy and Barbara Chittock.

Evans has chosen to rest four players completely including captain Victoria Heighway and tonights team will be skippered by Amiria Marsh, who has moved to fullback after her try-scoring appearance in the centre in the win over the full England side at the weekend. Rebecca Mahoney, who kicked 11 points last weekend is also rested alongside Casey Robertson and Ruth McKay.

England A are facing a tough task but with fresher legs theyll be hoping that the Black Ferns show some signs of tiredness with a second game in four days.

England A have however a strong squad which includes Bristol's Kim Oliver, Wasps' Michaela Staniford and Richmond's Fran Matthews who share 70 caps between them. There are 11 fully capped players in the 22 and the starting line-up includes LaToya Mason, the scrum-half who came off the bench last Saturday in the full test game against the same opposition.

The match kicks off tonight at Esher at 7pm.

New Zealand: Amiria Rule (captain), Carla Hohepa, Anika Tiplady, Renee Wickliffe, Victoria Grant, Barbara Chittock, Kendra Cocksedge, Karina Penetito, Claire Rowat, Beth Mallard, Amanda Murphy, Vita Robinson, Aimee Sutorius, Olivia Coady, Linda Itunu,

Replacements: Fiaoo Faamausili, Stephanie Te Ohaere-Fox, Kimberly Smith, Justine Lavea, Emma Jensen, Huriana Manuel, Kelly Brazier

Image thanks to Daniel Cron.