The Maori Ferns bring a squad stacked with Kiwi Ferns talent into Friday night’s clash against the Indigenous Women’s All Stars in Melbourne. (Photo credit: NRL)
Coached by the experienced Rusty Matua, the side boasts a strong forward pack, and gain the services of Rotorua-born Australian representative, Zahara Temara, who has genuine strike and is a brilliant attacking player.
Australian Indigenous Women’s All-Stars v New Zealand Māori Ferns – AAMI Park, 7.10pm NZT
1. Botille Vette-Welsh, 2. Hilda (Mariu) Peters, 3. Jonsal Tautari, 4. Amber Kani, 5. Tyler Birch, 6. Zahara Temara, 7. Teeaye Hapuku, 8. Kararaina Wira, 9. Krystal Rota (c), 10. Kahurangi Peters, 11. Geneva Webber, 12. Tazmin Gray, 13. Rona Peters (c). Interchange: 14. Christyl Stowers, 15. Kathleen (Wharton) Keremete, 16. Charlette (Harata) Butler, 17. Kerehitina Matua, 18. Acacia Claridge-Te Iwimate.
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Indigenous Women’s All Stars
1. Tahlia Hunter, 2. Terri Ann Cain, 3. Amber Pilley, 4. Shaylee Bent, 5. Shakiah Tungai, 6. Quincy Dodd, 7. Sharon McGrady, 8. Rebecca Young, 9. Akayla McQuire, 10. Layla Fauid, 11. Samartha Leisha, 12. Caitlan Johnston, 13. Kandy Kennedy. Interchange: 14. Tallisha Harden 15. Kyara Nean, 16. Regan Hart, 17. Tommaya Kelly Sines, 18. Layna Nona Busch.
Key player: You can expect everything to go through Krystal Rota in attack. The crafty dummy-half will likely also be the crucial link in ensuring the Maori forward pack – which on paper is their obvious strength and potential point of advantage – gets going and causes some damage in the middle.
How to watch: SKY Sport 2 – 7.15pm.