Black Ferns Sevens’ Kelly Brazier links up with 15s squad

By Machuki Sundaa

New Zealand 15s coach Glenn Moore has delved into the country’s sevens pool to bolster his squad ahead of their 2019 Super Series match against the United States.

Looking to infuse speed into the 15s squad, Moore is likely to start the 2010 and 2017 World Cup representative on the bench. The utility back brings a wealth of experience and nerves of steel gained from numerous top level competitions with the latest being the 2018 World Cup Sevens and the Commonwealth Games where she scored the winning try in the final against Australia.

Although her last appearance was in the 2017 World Cup, coach Moore is confident that the transition from sevens to 15s will be easy for the 29-year-old who missed out of four tournaments of the 2018/19 women’s HSBC World Sevens Series because of a calf injury.

New Zealand Rugby quoted Moore on its website as saying: “We all know how talented Kelly is and she can cover 10, 12 and 15. Kelly brings experience, she reads the game well, and is brave on defence. She has a calm head and is conditioned to playing on the big stage. She will bring a steadying influence to the back line.

“We are looking forward to seeing how this line-up goes.”

The two time world cup sevens champion first made her test debut in 2009 against England and has 175 test points.”

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