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Black Ferns step up preparations for Canada, England and USA

The four-time World Champion Black Ferns will play host's Canada as well as Women Rugby World Champions England and USA, kicking off in Calgary.

The Ferns will assemble for the Canada Women’s Rugby Super Series in Auckland on the 18th June.

Trials have already begun, with the initial gathering of hopefuls gathering on 17th May at the Bombay Rugby Club.

This coming weekend in Palmerston North the players looking for touring berths will be given their final chance.

The team selection for North America will be named during the week starting the 1st June.

The head coach will be Greg Smith, while 2002 and 2006 World Cup winning Black Fern Hannah Porter will manage the team with an eye to the Women's Rugby World Cup in 2017.

The WRWC has been 'reset' with the next edition taking place in two years to avoid any conflict with the Summer Olympics and the Women's World Cup Sevens.

The English Women are the defending champions.

Women’s Rugby Super Series Schedule:

June 27 – Calgary, AB
Calgary Rugby Park

USA vs. England
Kick Off: 16:00 (local time)
Tuesday 28th, 06:00 NZST

Black Ferns vs. Canada
Kick Off: 18:30PM (local time)
Tuesday 28th, 08:30 NZST

July 1 – Red Deer, AB
Red Deer Rugby Club

Black Ferns vs. England
Kick Off: 16:00PM (local time)
Thursday July 2, 06:00 NZST

Canada vs. USA
Kick Off: 18:30 (local time)
Thursday July 2, 08:30 NZST

July 5 – Edmonton, AB
Ellerslie Rugby Park

Black Ferns vs. USA
Kick Off: 4:00PM (local time)
Monday July 6, 06:00 NZST