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Wallaroos coach Jay Tregonning has handed Trilleen Pomare the keys to the game as Australia look to redeem themselves for a shock Japan loss to New Zealand on Monday (12.30am AEST on Stan Sport).

Force star Pomare will start at No.10 after coming off the bench behind NSW’s Arabella McKenzie in last month’s Tests against Fiji and Japan.

The Wallaroos beat Fiji 36-19 in Brisbane before collapsing to a 12-10 loss to the Brave Blossoms on the Gold Coast.

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The clash with the Black Ferns in Tauranga will be preceded by a meeting between Canada and the United States as the teams finalize their plans for the October-November Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Tregonning also named uncapped Queenslanders Annabelle Codey and Cecilia Smith on the bench.

“The team have just completed a very valuable week on the Gold Coast and we are delighted to be in New Zealand ahead of the competition,” said Tregonning.

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“Playing against New Zealand in the first game of the Pacific Four really feels like a prelude to what’s to come in the first game of the Rugby World Cup pool ties.

“Although the Black Ferns are formidable opponents, this game will be perfect for our preparations before we return to New Zealand in October.”

The test will be the first time Kiwi has coached the great Wayne Smith in charge of the once-dominant Black Ferns after a tumultuous tour of the northern hemisphere cost Glenn Moore his job.

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Half-back Kendra Cocksedge will become the most capped player in Black Ferns history when she takes the field for the 58th time.

“It will be a very exciting day for me and my family, especially to take this step home,” Cocksedge said.

“We had a great week before the test and we can’t wait to go there on Monday.”

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Smith named seven debutants in his 23, including Olympic gold medalist Ruby Tui on the right wing and Bremner sisters Chelsea and Alana in the field.

“We’re really impressed with some of our young players, they’re in good condition and deserve a crack,” Smith said.

“I’ve always seen selection as an easy process, the players select themselves – we just have to write the names down.

“It’s exciting to have these tests in our own country and it comes with some pressure. I want this series to be exhilarating for the country and the players, we have a game that can do that – we just have to get it out on field.”

The Wallaroos are yet to beat the Black Ferns in 19 attempts.

WALLAROOS (15-1): Lori Cramer, Mahalia Murphy, Georgina Friedrichs, Pauline Piliae-Rasabale, Ivania Wong, Trilleen Pomare, Iliseva Batibasaga, Grace Hamilton, Shannon Parry (c), Emily Chancellor, Kaitlan Leaney, Michaela Leonard, Bridie O’Gorman, Adiana Talakai, Liz patoo

Reservations: Ashley Marsters, Madison Schuck, Asoiva Karpani, Annabelle Codey, Piper Duck, Layne Morgan, Cecilia Smith, Arabella McKenzie

BLACK FERNS (15-1): Renee Holmes, Ruby Tui, Kelsey Teneti, Chelsea Semple, Ayesha Leti-I’iga, Ruahei Demant (c), Kendra Cocksedge; Kaipo Olsen-Baker, Kendra Reynolds, Alana Bremner, Chelsea Bremner, Maiakawanakaulani Roos, Amy Rule, Georgia Ponsonby, Krystal Murray

Reservations: Luka Connor, Angel Mulu, Tanya Kalounivale, Joanah Ngan-Woo, Tafito Lafaele, Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu, Hazel Tubic, Cheyelle Robins-Reti

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