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The Black Ferns is New Zealand's national women's rugby union team.

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Team's name[edit]Edit

The team's nickname combines the colour black and the silver fern, which are iconic New Zealand sporting symbols. For example, the All Blacks is New Zealand's famous men's rugby team, the Black Caps is the men's cricket team, the White Ferns is the women's cricket team, while the Silver Ferns is the national women's netballteam.

History[edit]Edit

The Black Ferns are the current Women's Rugby World Cup champions. They have won four consecutive World Cups, winning the first International Rugby Board(IRB)-sponsored Cup in 1998, the 2002 World Cup in Barcelona, the 2006 World Cup in Edmonton, Canada, and the 2010 World Cup in London, England. The Black Ferns have participated in most WRWC events since its inauguration in 1991, only missing the 1994 championship in Scotland. They also won the Canada Cup in 1996, 2000, and 2005, and the Churchill Cup in 2004.

Farah Palmer, who had been captain since 1997, lost her captaincy in 2005 due to a shoulder injury. However, she was honoured as International Women's (Rugby) Personality of the Year at the IRB Awards. During that year, Rochelle Martin and Anna Richards led the team in the 2005 test series against England, which the Black Ferns won 2-0. For the 5th Women's Rugby World Cup in Canada, Farah Palmer fought her way back into the Black Ferns team. After again leading the team to World Cup victory, Palmer announced her retirement from the Black Ferns in September 2006.[1]

While rugby is the most popular spectator game in New Zealand, the Black Ferns have suffered in the past from similar problems to any women's sport—under-funding, lack of support and lack of publicity. The New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) and IRB have been criticised for not doing more to promote women's rugby, although support is beginning to build in those organisations. The NZRU started funding the Black Ferns in 1995, thus giving a great boost to their game. Accordingly the Black Ferns have benefitted from being included in NZRU High Performance initiatives. Along with professional coaches the team has had access to professional development resources such as analysis. The Black Ferns have used Verusco Technologies TryMaker video analysis system, as used by the All Blacks. In more recent times, the team's profile has risen greatly at a grassroots level, due in great part to their string of successes, and it is increasingly seen to be a national team on the same basis as any other.

In January 2010 NZRU announced that the National Provincial Competition (NPC) will have to go due to budget cuts. This has been a shock for many women players especially since it is a World Cup year. Former captain Farah Palmer was one of the women who commented on that.[2] NZRU said women's domestic rugby is one of many victims of the tight financial times. They have faced a barrage of criticism for their decision. General manager of provincial rugby Neil Sorenson said NZRU is going to replace the competition with camps and trials for the Black Ferns.

After the Black Ferns won the World Cup in 2010 and due to efforts of many rugby players in New Zealand the NPC was re-installed. The Auckland Storm with Emma Jensen captaining the side, won the final against Canterbury 38-12 in Christchurch. It was the Auckland Storm 5th consecutive title.

Results[edit]Edit

The first four games listed below - played at RugbyFest 1990 - are not generally accepted as being internationals by New Zealand authorities. However, in men's rugby it is general practice to award full international status to any games where ONE side considers a game to be an international. As a result all games in that tournament have been treated as full internationals in this article.

Summary[edit]Edit

(Full internationals only)

Rugby: New Zealand internationals 1990-
Opponent First game Played Won Drawn Lost Percentage
Australia 1994 11 11 0 0 100.00%
Canada 1991 8 8 0 0 100.00%
England 1997 22 14 1 7 65.91%
Spain 1998 1 1 0 0 100.00%
France 1996 4 4 0 0 100.00%
Germany 1998 2 2 0 0 100.00%
Netherlands 1990 1 1 0 0 100.00%
Samoa 2006 1 1 0 0 100.00%
Scotland 1998 3 3 0 0 100.00%
South Africa 2010 1 1 0 0 100.00%
Soviet Union 1990 1 1 0 0 100.00%
United States 1990 7 6 0 1 85.71%
Wales 1991 2 2 0 0 100.00%
  World XV 1990 3 3 0 0 100.00%
Summary 1990 67 58 1 8 87.31%

Full internationals[edit]Edit

See Women's international rugby for information about the status of international games and match numbering.

[39]
1990-08-26(RF) New Zealand  56–0  Netherlands Christchurch [1/17/1]
[40]
1990-08-28(RF) New Zealand  8–0  Soviet Union Christchurch [2/1/1]
[43]
1990-08-30(RF) New Zealand  9–3  United States Christchurch [3/5/1]
[45]
1990-09-01(RF) New Zealand  12–4   World XV Christchurch [4/1/1]
[47]
1991-04-06 (WC) New Zealand  24-8  Canada Glamorgan Wanderers [5/4/1]
[55]
1991-04-10 (WC) Wales  6-24  New Zealand Llanharan [8/6/1]
[59]
1991-04-12 (WC) New Zealand  0-7  United States Cardiff Arms Park [7/9/2]
[110]
1994-09-02 Australia  0-37  New Zealand Sydney [1/8/1]
[123]
1995-07-22 New Zealand  64-0  Australia Auckland [9/2/2]
[140]
1996-08-31 Australia  5-28  New Zealand Sydney [3/10/3]
[141]
1996-09-08 (CC) Canada  3-88  New Zealand Edmonton [15/11/2]
[143]
1996-09-11 (CC) New Zealand  88-8  United States Edmonton [12/20/3]
[145]
1996-09-14 (CC) France  0-109  New Zealand Edmonton [38/13/1]
[171]
1997-08-13 New Zealand  67-0  England Burnham [14/36/1]
[172]
1997-08-16 New Zealand  44-0  Australia Dunedin [15/5/4]
[194]
1998-05-02 (WC) Germany  6-134  New Zealand Amsterdam [19/16/1]
[202]
1998-05-05 (WC) New Zealand  76-0  Scotland Amsterdam [17/30/1]
[209]
1998-05-09 (WC) New Zealand  46-3  Spain Amsterdam [18/17/1]
[214]
1998-05-12 (WC) England  11-44  New Zealand Amsterdam [46/19/2]
[229]
1998-05-16 (WC) New Zealand  44-12  United States Amsterdam [20/29/4]
[230]
1998-08-29 Australia  3-27  New Zealand Sydney [11/21/5]
[258]
1999-10-16 (T99) New Zealand  73-0  Canada Palmerston North, New Zealand [22/26/3]
[259]
1999-10-19 (T99) New Zealand  65-5  United States Palmerston North, New Zealand [23/32/5]
[291]
2000-09-23 (CC) Canada  0-41  New Zealand Winnipeg [28/24/4]
[292]
2000-09-27 (CC) New Zealand  45-0  United States Winnipeg [25/35/6]
[294]
2000-09-30 (CC) England  13-32  New Zealand Winnipeg [65/26/3]
[332]
2001-06-09 New Zealand  15-10  England Rotorua [27/76/4]
[333]
2001-06-16 New Zealand  17-22  England North Harbour StadiumAlbany [28/77/5]
[362]
2002-05-13 (WC) Germany  0-117  New Zealand Barcelona [35/29/2]
[371]
2002-05-18 (WC) Australia  3-36  New Zealand Barcelona [15/30/6]
[384]
2002-05-21 (WC) New Zealand  30-0  France Barcelona [31/78/2]
[393]
2002-05-25 (WC) England  9-19  New Zealand Barcelona [85/32/6]
[424]
2003-10-04 New Zealand  37-0   World XV Eden ParkAuckland [33/2/2]
[425]
2003-10-11 New Zealand  38-18   World XV Whangarei [34/3/3]
[464]
2004-06-08 (CC) Canada  5-32  New Zealand Thunderbird StadiumVancouver [43/35/5]
[465]
2004-06-13 (CC) New Zealand  35-0  United States Calgary Rugby Park [36/48/7]
[468]
2004-06-19 (CC) England  0-38  New Zealand Edmonton [104/37/7]
[508]
2005-06-29 (CC) New Zealand  30-9  Scotland Ottawa [39/88/2]
[510]
2005-07-05 (CC) Canada  3-43  New Zealand Ottawa [49/39/6]
[511]
2005-07-08 (CC) Canada  5-32  New Zealand Ottawa [50/40/7]
[513]
2005-10-22 New Zealand  24-15  England Eden ParkAuckland [41/114/8]
[515]
2005-10-26 New Zealand  33-8  England Waikato StadiumHamilton [42/115/9]
[559]
2006-08-31 (WC) New Zealand  66-7  Canada Ellerslie Rugby ParkEdmonton [56/43/8]
[565]
2006-09-04 (WC) New Zealand  50-0  Samoa St. Albert Rugby ParkSt. Albert [44/10/1]
[571]
2006-09-08 (WC) New Zealand  21-0  Scotland Ellerslie Rugby ParkEdmonton [45/98/3]
[577]
2006-09-12 (WC) New Zealand  40-10  France Ellerslie Rugby ParkEdmonton [46/110/3]
[588]
2006-09-17 (WC) England  17-25  New Zealand Commonwealth StadiumEdmonton [124/47/10]
[645]
2007-10-16 New Zealand  21-10  Australia Cooks GardensWanganui [48/23/7]
[646]
2007-10-20 New Zealand  29-12  Australia Wellington [49/24/8]
[717]
2008-07-22 Australia  3-37  New Zealand Canberra [25/50/9]
[718]
2008-07-26 Australia  16-22  New Zealand Sydney [26/51/10]
[777]
2009-11-14 England  3-16  New Zealand Esher [151/52/11]
[780]
2009-11-21 England  10-3  New Zealand Twickenham [152/53/12]
[837]
2010-08-20 (WC) New Zealand  55-3  South Africa Surrey Sports ParkGuildford [54/20/1]
[844]
2010-08-24 (WC) Australia  5-32  New Zealand Surrey Sports ParkGuildford [29/55/11]
[848]
2010-08-28 (WC) New Zealand  41 – 8  Wales Surrey Sports ParkGuildford [56/134/2]
[857]
2010-09-01 (WC) New Zealand  45 – 7  France Twickenham Stoop [149/57/4]
[858]
2010-09-05 (WC) England  10 - 13  New Zealand Twickenham Stoop [168/58/13]
[917]
2011-11-26 England  10-0  New Zealand TwickenhamLondon [179/59/14]
[918]
2011-11-29 England  21-7  New Zealand Esher [180/60/15]
[919]
2011-12-03 England  8-8  New Zealand Esher [181/61/16]
[961]
2012-11-23 England  16-13  New Zealand Esher [191/62/17]
[963]
2012-11-27 England  17-8  New Zealand Aldershot Military Stadium [192/63/18]
[964]
2012-12-01 England  32-23  New Zealand Twickenham [193/64/19]
[1000]
2013-07-13 New Zealand  29-10  England [65/199/20]
[1001]
2013-07-16 New Zealand  14-9  England Waikato StadiumHamilton [66/200/21]
[1002]
2013-07-20 New Zealand  29-8  England ECOlight StadiumPukekohe [67/201/22]

Other internationals[edit]Edit

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2009-11-17 England A  3-48  New Zealand Esher [-/-/-]

Current Squad[edit]Edit

Player Position Date of Birth/Age Team
Casey Robertson Prop February 24, 1981 (age 32) Canterbury
Doris Taufateau Prop July 29, 1987 (age 26) Auckland
Melodie Bosman Prop June 25, 1976 (age 37) Canterbury
Ruth McKay Prop August 2, 1986 (age 27) Manawatu
Fiao’o Fa’amausili Hooker September 30, 1980 (age 33) Auckland
Karina Penetito Hooker February 2, 1986 (age 28) Auckland
Stephanie Te Ohaere-Fox Hooker April 6, 1985 (age 28) Canterbury
Monalisa Codling Lock February 20, 1977 (age 37) Auckland
Victoria Heighway Lock November 28, 1980 (age 33) Auckland
Vita Robinson Lock December 20, 1982 (age 31) Auckland
Aroha Savage Loose Forward November 3, 1990 (age 23) Auckland
Joan Sione Loose Forward January 30, 1986 (age 28) Auckland
Justine Lavea Loose Forward July 10, 1984 (age 29) Auckland
Linda Itunu Loose Forward November 21, 1984 (age 29) Auckland
Melissa Ruscoe Loose Forward December 15, 1976 (age 37) Canterbury
Emma Jensen Halfback November 25, 1987 (age 26) Auckland
Kendra Cocksedge Halfback July 1, 1988 (age 25) Canterbury
Kelly Brazier Flyhalf October 28, 1989 (age 24) Otago
Anna Richards Flyhalf December 3, 1964 (age 49) Auckland
Chelsea Alley Centre November 8, 1992 (age 21) Waikato[3]
Carla Hohepa Wing July 27, 1985 (age 28) Otago
Renee Wickcliffe Wing May 30, 1987 (age 26) Auckland
Victoria Grant Wing August 26, 1982 (age 31) Auckland
Halie Hurring Utility Back February 27, 1986 (age 27) Canterbury
Rebecca Hull Utility Back August 25, 1983 (age 30) Wellington
Trish Hina Utility Back May 3, 1977 (age 36) Auckland
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