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Nine debutants in Black Ferns squad

With four debutants in the run on XV and five on the bench, Black Ferns Head Coach Glenn Moore has picked a side that is a true balance of youth and experience.

"We've had some really good talent coming through back in New Zealand and the players we have brought into our environment have really stepped up and I think those that debut this weekend will all make an impact on the game," said Moore.

Experienced players Portia Woodman and Kelly Brazier weren't considered because of injuries.

Blacks Ferns join Pacific Four Series

The new series will give four of the top nations - New Zealand, Australia, Canada and USA - regular international fixtures.

The World Rugby-funded competition will soft launch this year with Canada and USA going head-to-head on 1 and 5 November and New Zealand and Australia will join in 2022 due to current Covid-19 restrictions.

The annual cross-regional series has been developed to meet the governing body's commitment to providing consistent high performance competition for elite women's international teams.

Black Fern Kendra Cocksedge the latest to suffer mental fatigue

The rescheduled event in New Zealand will likely be Cocksedge's international swansong.

The former World Rugby women's player of the year believed lifting the world cup trophy at Eden Park in November next year would be the perfect sign-off to her 15-year career in the black jersey.

Although she regularly joked with her team mates about when she would hang up her boots - she has made no concrete decisions - however she said the past year had brought her future in the game into focus.

Fully contracted Black Ferns fifteens players on the cards

World Rugby is investing 12.4 million dollars in a three-tier tournament from 2023 which will help improve depth ahead of the expanded 16-team World Cup in 2025.

New Zealand would take part in a cross-regional tournament featuring Oceania and North American teams in June with the top three then joining the top three Eurpoean teams in a global event in September-October.

Cate Sexton, New Zealand Rugby's head of women's rugby development, says that sort of commitment would warrant contracting players.

Black Ferns to open World Cup campaign against Australia at Eden Park

The game will be a part of an opening day triple header at the Auckland ground.

The match schedule has been released with six games on the opening day, including another triple-header at the Northland Events Centre in Whangarei.

The 44,000 capacity Eden Park will also host the semi-finals on Saturday, October 9th and the bronze final and on Saturday, October 16th.

For the first time there will also be quarter-finals with those shared between Whangarei and Waitakere Stadium.

Black Ferns Sevens players named in World Series team

New Zealand's Nathan-Wong, Stacey Fluhler and Ruby Tui made the women's team of the series, with the Scott Curry the sole All Blacks Sevens player in the men's team.

Both New Zealand sides were this morning officially crowned overall champions of the Covid disrupted World Series season.

They topped the standings when the season was officially called off earlier this year.

New Zealand pass through pool play unbeaten

For the Black Ferns, victory represented success at the first official world-series event form women in New Zealand.

They secured their semi-final spot with a 38-21 win over Fiji in their final pool game on Sunday morning, with Stacey Fluhler scoring a try hat-trick and Michaela Blyde a double.

Late in their semi, they trailled France, and needed tries from Fluhler and Kelly Brazier, both converted, to emerge 19-7 winners.