The Ponsonby Fillies are proud to have 4 players selected for the Black Ferns 2016 Northern Tour series.
Eloise Blackwell, captain of the Fillies, and now a senior Black Fern with 21 international caps, leads the way again at Lock. Aleisha-Pearl Nelson, 17 caps, played her way back into Auckland Storm and regained selection for New Zealand following surgery on her wrist earlier this year; she is one of the countries most promising young props. Charmaine McMenamin, 5 caps, returns as a loose forward and also holds honours this year as the only Fillie dual international, representing New Zealand in both Rugby League and Rugby Union. Charmaine's achievements in 2016 also include Auckland 9's, Kiwi Ferns, Black Ferns, and Auckland Storm Player of the Year. Aldora Itunu, 5 caps, heads into her second year as an international rep at prop; she is one of the countries strongest running forwards. Aldora has worked hard to make the touring squad and has the honour of being another Ponsonby family sibling combo to represent NZ alongside her sister Linda Itunu.
The Black Ferns Northern Tour kicks off on Saturday 19 November against current Would Cup Champions England, followed by Canada on Wednesday 23 November, and Ireland on Sunday 27 November. The 2016 Northern Tour is an opportunity to build towards the Woman's World Cup in August next year (in Ireland).We wish them all the best for the tour!