30 Apr 2013

Kiwi Ferns named with 'Honey Bill' as captain

11:53 am on 30 April 2013

The New Zealand women's rugby league team has been named to try to win a fourth straight World Cup in July in the United Kingdom.

Honey Hireme has been named captain of the Kiwi Ferns, and the centre or second rower, known affectionately as 'Honey Bill Williams', will lead her country for the first time.

Hireme plays for Counties Manukau, who dominate the side with 13 representatives in the 24-strong squad.

New Zealand: Charlotte Arnopp-Scanlan (Auckland), Lisa Campbell (Auckland), Teina Clark (Mid Central), Brenda Collins (Counties Manukau), Sarina Fiso (Counties Manukau), Aimee Gilbert (Wellington), Amber Hall (Auckland), Maryanne Hemara (Counties Manukau), Honey Hireme (Captain, Counties Manukau), Annabelle Hohepa (Auckland), Kathleen Keremete (Counties Manukau), Nora Maaka (Counties Manukau), Kelly Maipi (Counties Manukau), Laura Mariu (Counties Manukau), Simone Panapa (Counties Manukau), Ana Pereira (Wellington), Ake Pereira (Wellington), Rona Peters (Counties Manukau), Kahurangi Peters (Counties Manukau), Tasha Tapu (Vice Captain, Auckland), Karley Te Kawa (Counties Manukau), Geneva Webber (Wellington), Sharnita Woodman (Counties Manukau), Chanelle Wright (Counties Manukau)