5 Jul 2015

Jensen to equal Black Ferns record

7:05 pm on 5 July 2015

The Black Ferns veteran half-back Emma Jensen could equal Anna Richards' record of 49 Test caps when the New Zealand women's rugby team takes on America on Monday.

Emma Jensen

Emma Jensen Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The game against the USA in Edmonton follows the Black Ferns' wins over world champions England (26-7) and Canada (40-22) in the quadrangular tournament.

Jensen, who's played in 46 consecutive Tests since 2003, has been named in the reserves.

"For me it's just about getting on the black jersey and performing for the team," she said.

"Fourteen long years. I think a lot of it comes down to staying fit, trying to stay injury free and the love and passion for the game."

The Black Ferns Coach for the tour, Glenn Moore said the focus for the team is now to finish the job.

"We came here to try and win the three games and that's certainly what we're after and if we get a trophy on the end of that then that's great."

Moore said the atmosphere among the team was very positive and he'd been impressed with the team's work ethic, from players through to management.

"You could start to see that building before we even played a game to be fair.

"It's a good environment with a good culture and I think you can see that coming through on the field."

Kick off in Edmonton is at 10am (NZT).

Toka Natua

Fiao'o Fa'amausili (c)

Aleisha Nelson

Eloise Blackwell

Charmaine Smith

Charlene Halapua

Justine Lavea

Linda Itunu

Kendra Cocksedge

Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali

Renee Wickliffe (Janna Vaughan)

Chelsea Alley

Stacey Waaka

Honey Hireme

Selica Winiata


Teresa Te Tamaki

Aldora Itunu

Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate

Angie Sisifa

Lesley Ketu

Emma Jensen

Kiritapu Demant

Janna Vaughan (Keri Hayden)

Renee Wickliffe's inclusion in the team is subject to fitness testing and Janna Vaughan will replace her in the number 11 jersey if required.

Vaughan would be replaced on the bench by Keri Hayden.