Sylvia Brunt claims she never would have imagined being part of the Black Ferns’ Rugby World Cup squad as recently as five months ago. A statement that made her team-mate Charmaine McMenamin laugh, because “she always knew” the teenage midfielder “was going to go far”. Brunt is the youngest member of the 32-strong Black Ferns squad selected for the tournament, which gets underway on Saturday with a triple-header at Eden Park in Auckland. The 18-year-old made her debut during the Pacific Four series in June, coming off the bench against Canada, and has since added three more caps and scored her first international try. At the other end of the spectrum, 32-year-old McMenamin has 28 caps to her name and is one of eight players in the current squad backing up from the 2017 tournament in Ireland, which the Black Ferns won. Click the link to read more.