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Black Ferns Sevens star backs Bunting as replacement for Moore

Black Ferns Sevens star Tyla Nathan-Wong has endorsed coach Allan Bunting, as an ideal replacement for Glenn Moore in the Black Ferns fifteens.

Moore stepped down as Black Ferns head coach at the weekend after a damning review into the team's culture and environment, which also criticised New Zealand Rugby for failing to support the side.

New Zealand Sevens player Tyla Nathan-Wong.
New Zealand Sevens player Tyla Nathan-Wong. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Bunting, who guided Sevens to gold at the Tokyo Olympics, is understood to have been shoulder tapped by the NZR to fill the vacancy ahead of this year's World Cup defence.

Nathan-Wong, who played for the Blues in Super Rugby Aupiki, said Bunting would be a good choice.

"He's a pretty incredible man and I would back him to coach any team," said Bunting.

"He knows how to build an incredible team culture and not just game play so I would back him all the way."

Allan Bunting is tipped to take over from Glenn Moore as the Black Ferns XV's coach.
Allan Bunting is tipped to take over from Glenn Moore as the Black Ferns XV's coach. Photo: Photosport

The Black Ferns Sevens head to Canada on Sunday, their first World Series tournament in two years.

The squad features 11 players from the Olympic gold-medal winning team last year, with Jazmin Hotham and Terina Te Tamaki joining the squad of 13.

Ruby Tui misses this tournament as she continues training with the Black Ferns.

Stacey Fluhler, Sarah Hirini, Tyla Nathan-Wong, Kelly Brazier, Theresa Fitzpatrick and Portia Woodman all return to the mix, after missing the recent matches in Fiji due to their involvement in Super Rugby Aupiki.

New Zealand won a Covid-shortened 2019-20 world series and didn't participate last season because of travel restrictions.

-RNZ

source: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/sport/465588/black-ferns-sevens-star-backs-bunting-as-replacement-for-moore