2018 Black Ferns



  • @stargazer said in 2018 Black Ferns:

    I really hope the public will show up for the Black Ferns' tests. This team deserves a good crowd.

    Unfortunately, they won't over here. 🤔 Fuck they'll barely get 50,000 to the men's game at this rate.

    We get the chance to lose 4 games against NZ in the space of 8 days - and I reckon we're looking at record scores, too.



  • Great news! Both the Black Ferns and Māori All Blacks will play at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Saturday, 3 November (local time).

    But is it a good idea to plan 3 games on one day? I can't see many people watching rugby for 7 hours in what may be a cold stadium at that time of year. That may hurt the women's game, even with the hosts being the USA women's team.

    Match times in NZT:
    Sunday, 4 November 2018:
    6:00am: USA Eagles (W) v Black Ferns
    9:00am: Ireland v Italy
    11:15am: USA Eagles (M) v Maori All Blacks



  • @stargazer said in 2018 Black Ferns:

    Great news! Both the Black Ferns and Māori All Blacks will play at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Saturday, 3 November (local time).

    But is it a good idea to plan 3 games on one day? I can't see many people watching rugby for 7 hours in what may be a cold stadium at that time of year. That may hurt the women's game, even with the hosts being the USA women's team.

    Match times in NZT:
    Sunday, 4 November 2018:
    6:00am: USA Eagles (W) v Black Ferns
    9:00am: Ireland v Italy
    11:15am: USA Eagles (M) v Maori All Blacks

    Just read this press release on USA Rugby website. They have the Ireland/Italy match billed as the marquee game. Presumably they figure they can pull a rolling crowd for the various games and tap into the Irish/Italian diaspora for part of that. I can’t see as many traveling Irish going for the weekend at that time of year to watch them Italy.

    The IRFU and NZRU seem to be putting the most into US market - wonder where they hope it’s going to lead to besides the extra revenues?



  • Besides extra revenue? Isn't that enough??



  • Rugby: Black Ferns to be without sevens stars for Chicago test

    The world champion Black Ferns will be without star players Portia Woodman and Sarah Goss when they take on the United States in an historic test at Chicago's Soldier Field later this year.
    
    The Ferns will make their debut on American soil when they play the opening match of a triple-header against the host nation in November, which includes a Six Nations showdown between Ireland and Italy and the Maori All Blacks vs USA.
    
    However, it seems the successful sevens programme will take priority over fifteens.
    
    With the opening round of the sevens world series set to take place around the same time, many of the side's crossover stars won’t be considered for the Chicago test.
    
    Black Ferns coach Glenn Moore has already said he's preparing to be left short-handed in the US.
    
    Although there's been one major boost for Moore's side in the return of World Cup-winning hooker Fiao'o Fa'amausili, who's confirmed she'll be coming out of retirement and will feature in the Stateside match.
    
    "She's also aware that we've got some young ones coming through and she was really motivated that she wanted to be part of that development of this new group."
    
    New Zealand Rugby will release the names of the first 30 Black Ferns players to receive professional contracts next week.
    


  • @baron-silas-greenback said in 2018 Black Ferns:

    Besides extra revenue? Isn't that enough??

    Fair comment. There was talk of a 4th test for the two unions with the proposed venue in Netherlands or somewhere like that. NZRU turned down a re-match in Chicago as they had commitments to Japan. Ireland agreed to a summer test last year with USA rugby but it was held in the Red Bull in New Jersey which only holds 25,000 and they got 22k on the day, so not much extra revenue from that.



  • Black Ferns contracted squad named in historic announcement
    
    Twenty eight of New Zealand’s top female rugby players have become the first-ever 15s players to be offered Black Ferns contracts, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) announced today.
    
    The 2018 Black Ferns contracted squad is: 
    
    Backs:
    
    Chelsea Alley - Waikato
    Ariana Bayler - Waikato
    Grace Brooker - Canterbury
    Kendra Cocksedge - Canterbury
    Krysten Cottrell - Hawke's Bay
    Ruahei Demant - Auckland
    Dhys Faleafaga - Wellington
    Kilistina Moata'ane - Otago
    Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali	- Counties Manukau
    Kristina Sue - Manawatu
    Renee Wickliffe - Bay of Plenty
    Selica Winiata - Manawatu
    
    Forwards:
    
    Eloise Blackwell - Auckland
    Les Elder (nee Ketu) - Bay of Plenty
    Fiao'o Faamausili	- Auckland
    Harono Iringa - Counties Manukau
    Aldora Itunu	- Auckland
    Linda Itunu - Auckland
    Pip Love - Canterbury
    Charmaine McMenamin - Auckland
    Toka Natua - Waikato
    Joanah Ngan Woo - Wellington
    Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate - Counties Manukau
    Aleisha Nelson - Auckland
    Marcelle Parkes - Wellington
    Leilani Perese - Counties Manukau
    Aroha Savage - Counties Manukau
    Charmaine Smith - Auckland
    
    The 28 contracted players include 17 Black Ferns from the 2017 World Cup winning side.
    
    Among them is legendary hooker and 2017 World Cup winning captain Fiao’o Faamausili who has put her retirement from international rugby on hold.
    
    Moore said the 28 players announced today weren’t necessarily guaranteed a spot in the 2018 Black Ferns team and they would need to continue to work hard in their club teams and provinces to be considered for the black jersey.
    
    “We have a Black Ferns training camp in mid-June when we’ll get a much better idea of how everyone is tracking. There’s also the possibility we’ll offer a contract to players outside of the initial contracted squad.”
    
    Moore said there were two more contracted positions to be filled.
    
    A further 20 women will be identified to make up a wider training squad. The non-contracted players will be part of a high-performance training programme designed to identify and develop the best female rugby talent.
    
    "These contracted players will receive a guaranteed retainer to train, assembly fees when they come together for Black Ferns camps and the medical and technical services they need as elite athletes.”
    
    Sexton said girls and women were signing up to play in record numbers all around the country and it was the fastest growing area of rugby.
    
    “It’s an exciting time for women’s rugby and I’m very proud we’ve taken the step forward to contract our female 15s players along with our sevens squad.”
    
    About the contracts
    
    * Guaranteed retainer for one year (NB the Memorandum of Understanding with NZRPA is due for renegotiation in 2019)
    
    * Assembly fees if selected for Black Ferns training camps and fixtures (approximately 50 days/year in total)
    
    * Medical and life insurance, an opportunity to join the Player Savings Scheme and KiwiSaver
    
    * Technical, tactical, biomechanical, strength and conditioning programming, nutritional advice, medical and sports psychological support
    
    * 10-14 hours per week commitment required for rugby training however, priority will be given to ensuring players can maintain their work and study while on the programme
    
    * Personal Development to assist in areas of career/education and work, finance and asset protection, character development, mental wellness and other professional rugby obligations and expectations
    
    * A Personal Development Manager will be allocated specifically to support the Black Ferns
    
    * Parental Policy for players returning to the programme from maternity leave
    
    * Remuneration for the players paid out of the Player Payment Pool agreed between NZR and the NZRPA under the existing Collective Employment Agreement (CEA)
    



  • Black Ferns to be honoured with Test capping

    The team who took home the inaugural Women’s Rugby World Cup will be among the first Black Ferns to receive their caps at a special reunion event, on the 20th anniversary year of their victory in Amsterdam.
    
    New Zealand Rugby (NZR) today announced a project to officially cap all Black Ferns who have played in sanctioned Test matches in a series of ceremonies and events which begin this month.
    
    NZR Chief Executive Officer Steve Tew said the capping project was an important part of recognising the achievements of the World Champion Black Ferns.
    
    “The planning that goes into official recognition of the Black Ferns has been in motion for some time now. Given this year marks the 20th anniversary of our first Women’s Rugby World Cup win in 1998, it seemed fitting to bring the players together and cap the team at a reunion dinner.” 
    
    The reunion dinner on 8 June in Auckland will bring together 130 former Black Ferns stretching back to 1989 when the first official national women’s team played the visiting Pacific Coast Grizzlies at Christchurch’s Lancaster Park. 
    
    Since then, 193 women have been selected as Black Ferns, with Canterbury’s Jacqui Apiata capped with number one and North Harbour’s Rebecca Wood the newest Black Fern from the 2017 squad. 
    
    Tew said the reunion dinner promises to be a great evening, with a number of overseas-based players attending the event. 
    
    “Wearing the black jersey and representing your country is a special moment for any New Zealand athlete. This is a rare opportunity for former teammates to get together, reminisce, and celebrate their success. It’s going to be a very special night and is another element of creating an ongoing legacy for the team.”
    
    About the capping project
    
    *  Black Ferns who took the field in a sanctioned international Test match will receive a cap over the next three years.
    * 161 women to be capped over the next three years.
    * The caps are based on traditional rugby caps and feature the Black Ferns number, the silver fern and details of their Test debut.
    * 46 Black Ferns will be capped at the reunion dinner on June 8.
    * These include the 1998 Black Ferns, Black Ferns who have travelled from overseas to attend and the families of Black Ferns who have passed away.
    * Players who represented the Black Ferns in matches in 1989 and 1990 and went on to play official Test matches are also set to be capped at the reunion. 
    * Further capping ceremonies will take place over the next three years to ensure all Black Ferns receive their caps.
    



  • New Zealand Rugby has formally expressed an interest to World Rugby to host the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021.
    
    NZR Chief Rugby Officer Nigel Cass said: “Women’s rugby is enjoying an amazing period of growth and strength both in New Zealand and internationally – and it made sense to express an interest in hosting this tournament. There is a lot more work to be done as we work through this process over the next couple of months.”
    
    The Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 has attracted a record level of hosting interest after six unions formally confirmed an expression of interest to World Rugby by the 31 May deadline.
    
    Australia, England, France, New Zealand, Portugal and Wales all confirmed their intention to tender having reviewed World Rugby’s bid guide issued last month. 
    
    The record level of hosting interest highlights the strength of the Women’s Rugby World Cup brand after a very special and record-breaking Ireland 2017 tournament and excitement surrounding a new tournament format.
    
    Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 was the best-attended, most-viewed and most socially-engaged ever, setting new standards for the tournament and extending the reach of the game around the world. 
    
    The six unions have been issued with the bid documents and now have until 10 August 2018 to submit their bid responses. 
    
    The World Rugby Council will select the Rugby World Cup 2021 host at its interim meeting in Dublin on 14 November 2018.
    



  • Finally, the two November tests against France have been confirmed! That makes it a good number of test matches for the Black Ferns this year (5).

    They'll also play a game of three halves against Bay of Plenty Volcanix and Auckland Storm in preparation of the two Australia tests in August.

    Black Ferns schedule for 2018:

    Game of Three Halves
    Tauranga Domain, Tauranga
    Saturday 11 August
    V Bay of Plenty Volcanix and Auckland Storm
    Kickoff: 12pm (NZT)

    Laurie O’Reilly Memorial Trophy
    ANZ Stadium, Sydney
    Saturday 18 August
    V Australia (With All Blacks v Australia)
    Kickoff: 5.30pm (NZT)

    Eden Park, Auckland
    Saturday 25 August
    V Australia (With All Blacks v Australia)
    Kickoff: 5.00pm (NZT)

    Northern Tour

    Test match 1:
    Soldier Field, Chicago, USA
    Saturday 3 November,
    V USA (with Maori All Blacks v USA and Italy v Ireland)
    Kickoff: 12pm (NZT)

    Test match 2:
    Stade Felix Mayol, Toulon, France
    Friday 9 November
    V France
    Kickoff: TBA

    Test match 3:
    Stade des Alpes, Grenoble, France
    Saturday 17 November
    V France
    Kickoff: TBA



  • The Black Ferns squad for the August tests against Australia has been named (test caps in brackets, new caps in bold):

    FORWARDS
    Eloise Blackwell (32) - Auckland
    Les Elder (nee Ketu) (9) - Bay of Plenty
    Fiao'o Faamausili (52) (captain) - Auckland
    Aldora Itunu (15) - Auckland
    Linda Itunu (35) - Auckland
    Pip Love (2) - Canterbury
    Charmaine McMenamin (14) - Auckland
    Aleisha Nelson (26) - Auckland
    Joanah Ngan-Woo - Wellington
    Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate (20) - Counties Manukau
    Marcelle Parkes - Wellington
    Jackie Patea-Fereti (12) - Wellington
    Leilani Perese - Counties Manukau
    Aroha Savage (28) - Counties Manukau
    Charmaine Smith (16) - Auckland
    Cristo Tofa - North Harbour

    BACKS
    Chelsea Alley (15) - Waikato
    Kendra Cocksedge (42) (vc) - Canterbury
    Krysten Cottrell - Hawke's Bay
    Kiritapu Demant (2) - Auckland
    Ruahei Demant - Auckland
    Theresa Fitzpatrick (7) - Auckland
    Alena Saili - Southland
    Kristina Sue (10) - Manawatu
    Monica Tagoai - Wellington
    Stacey Waaka (11) - Waikato
    Renee Wickliffe (30) - Bay of Plenty
    Selica Winiata (31) (vc) - Manawatu

    • Not considered due to injury: Toka Natua (Waikato), Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali (Counties Manukau).
    Experienced captain Fiao’o Faamausili will lead an exciting young squad featuring eight new caps when the Black Ferns play Australia for the Laurie O'Reilly Memorial Trophy next month.
    
    Faamausili is the most-capped Black Fern (52) and is a five-time Women’s Rugby World Cup veteran. Selica Winiata (31) and Kendra Cocksedge(42) have been named as co-vice captains. 
    
    Black Ferns Head Coach Glenn Moore has ushered in four new backs and four new forwards to a 28-strong squad to play in matches that will anchor two huge double headers with the All Blacks’ Bledisloe Cup matches against Australia in Sydney and Auckland. 
    
    The Black Ferns will get their first opportunity for a hit-out in a warm up Game of Three Halves against Bay of Plenty Volcanix and Auckland Storm in Tauranga next month.
    
    The new caps are Krysten Cottrell (Hawke’s Bay), Ruahei Demant (Auckland), Alena Saili (Southland), and Monica Tagoai (Wellington) in the backs, and Joanah Ngan-Woo, Marcelle Parkes (both Wellington), Leilani Perese (Counties Manukau) and Cristo Tofa (North Harbour) in the forwards.
    
    Parkes’ selection completes a meteoric rise for the 20-year-old. Parkes had already represented New Zealand in softball and netball before her impressive Sevens debut for Wellington led to her securing a Black Ferns contract earlier this year.
    
    The Demant siblings join the Itunu sisters (Aldora and Linda) in the line-up, and will be the fourth set of sisters to represent the Black Ferns.
    
    Moore and his selectors named two 2018 Sevens Rugby World Cup players, in Stacey Waaka and Theresa Fitzpatrick, as well as Alena Saili, who is also currently contracted in the Black Ferns Sevens wider squad.
    
    Saili secured a sevens contract in her first year out of school and Moore said he was looking forward to seeing what impact she would have in the 15s.
    
    Moore said all three made themselves available for selection with the support of their Sevens coaches.
    
    “Black Ferns Sevens Head Coach Allan Bunting and I are in constant contact about the selection and availability of players and the athletes’ welfare is always paramount. It’s been a massive season for the Black Ferns Sevens, and they are already steadfastly focussed on the Tokyo Olympics.
    
    “Portia [Woodman], Sarah [Goss] and Kelly [Brazier] have decided to concentrate on their World Cup recovery and preparation for Tokyo for the time being and we all support what is best for them,” he said.