New Zealand women's national rugby union team

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New Zealand
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UnionNew Zealand Rugby Union
Head coach Glenn Moore
Captain Lesley Elder
Most caps Fiao'o Fa'amausili (53)
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First colours
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Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current2 (as of 23 November 2020)
Highest1 (2003–2012, 2013–2014, 2015–2017, 2017–2020)
Lowest2 (2012–2013, 2014–2015, 2017, 2020–)
First international
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 56 – 0 Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg
( Christchurch, New Zealand; 26 August 1990)
Biggest win
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 134 – 6 Germany  Flag of Germany.svg
( Amsterdam, Netherlands; 2 May 1998)
Biggest defeat
Flag of England.svg  England 21 – 7 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg
( Esher, England; 29 November 2011)
World Cup
Appearances7 (First in 1991)
Best resultChampions 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2017

The New Zealand national women's rugby union team, called the Black Ferns, represents New Zealand in women's rugby union, which is regarded as the country's national sport. [1] The team has won five of the past six Women's Rugby World Cups.

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They have an 87% winning record in test match rugby, and are the only women's international side with a winning record against every opponent. Since their international debut in 1991, the Black Ferns have lost to only four of the 16 nations they have played in test matches. [lower-alpha 1]

Team's name

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 netball team.

History

Starting with the inaugural International Rugby Board (IRB)-sponsored Cup in 1998, the Black Ferns won four consecutive World Cups, including the 2002 World Cup in Barcelona, the 2006 World Cup in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and the 2010 World Cup in London, England. Most recently, the Black Ferns have won their 5th World Cup, beating the English team in Belfast on 27 August 2017. [2]

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 was captain of the Ferns from 1997 to 2005, when she lost her captaincy due to a shoulder injury. That year, she was honoured as International Women's (Rugby) Personality of the Year at the IRB Awards. For the 5th Women's Rugby World Cup in Canada, Palmer fought her way back into the team and again led the it to World Cup victory. After the win, Palmer announced her retirement from the Black Ferns in September 2006. [3]

From 2002 until their last game of 2009, the Black Ferns enjoyed a streak of 24 consecutive test match wins spanning almost 9 years.

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 improve in those organisations, in large part due to the Ferns' successes. 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. 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, the Women's Provincial Championship (WPC) came under severe threat after the NZRU announced that the championship series would have to go due to budget cuts. As the championship was a prime builder of training, skill and competition for New Zealand women's rugby, the decision was a shock for players and supporters, including former captain Farah Palmer (especially since it was a World Cup year). [4] NZRU said women's domestic rugby was one of many victims of the tight financial times. They faced a barrage of criticism for their decision, and eventually reinstated the WPC after the Black Ferns won the 2010 World Cup.

The WPC was renamed the Farah Palmer Cup in 2016, in honour of the influential former captain.

In 2018, after the success of New Zealand women's national rugby sevens team, all Sevens and Black Ferns players have been offered semi-professional contracts. They also played the first Test series against Australian Walleroos, which was played on the same night as the Men's Bledisloe Cup Tests.

The 2018 season finished with a 1–1 drawn series against France, with France becoming only the fourth team in the world to beat the Black Ferns. The Black Ferns' loss in the final game of the year ended a 17-month long winning streak and was also the final game for captain Fa’amausili, who retired from international rugby. [5]

In 2019, the Black Ferns won the annual Women's Rugby Super Series for the second time.

New Zealand will host the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup after beating out neighbour Australia for the rights. [6] New Zealand automatically qualified for the 2021 event as host.

Current squad

Squad for the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup in Ireland [7]

Note: Due to the lighter schedule for women's rugby, caps include provincial and international fixtures

Player Position Date of birth (age)CapsFranchise / province
Toka Natua Prop (1991-11-22) 22 November 1991 (age 29)16 Waikato
Fiao'o Fa'amausili (c) Hooker (1980-09-30) 30 September 1980 (age 40)52Auckland Storm / Auckland
Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate Hooker (1991-10-21) 21 October 1991 (age 29)20 Counties Manukau
Aldora Itunu Prop (1991-08-28) 28 August 1991 (age 29)15Auckland Storm / Auckland
Aleisha Nelson Prop (1990-02-03) 3 February 1990 (age 31)23Auckland Storm / Auckland
Sosoli Talawadua Prop (1989-01-30) 30 January 1989 (age 32)8 Waikato
Eloise Blackwell Lock (1990-12-28) 28 December 1990 (age 30)32 Auckland
Becky Wood Lock (1987-08-08) 8 August 1987 (age 33)7North Harbour Hibiscus / North Harbour
Charmaine Smith Lock (1990-11-15) 15 November 1990 (age 30)14 North Harbour
Charmaine McMenamin Flanker (1990-05-13) 13 May 1990 (age 30)14Auckland Storm / Auckland
Lesley Ketu Flanker (1987-10-01) 1 October 1987 (age 33)9 Waikato
Rawinia Everitt Flanker (1986-04-09) 9 April 1986 (age 34)22 Counties Manukau
Sarah Goss Flanker (1992-12-09) 9 December 1992 (age 28)10 Manawatu
Linda Itunu Number 8 (1984-11-21) 21 November 1984 (age 36)35Auckland Storm / Auckland
Aroha Savage Number 8 (1990-03-11) 11 March 1990 (age 30)28 Counties Manukau
Aotearoa Mata'u Flanker (1997-02-05) 5 February 1997 (age 24)8 Counties Manukau
Kendra Cocksedge Half-back (1988-07-01) 1 July 1988 (age 32)42 Canterbury
Kristina Sue Half-back (1987-03-13) 13 March 1987 (age 33)27Manawatu Cyclones / Manawatu
Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali First five-eighth (1991-12-02) 2 December 1991 (age 29)19 Counties Manukau
Renee Wickcliffe Wing (1987-05-30) 30 May 1987 (age 33)30 Counties Manukau
Carla Hohepa Centre (1985-07-27) 27 July 1985 (age 35)19Otago Spirit / Southland
Kelly Brazier Centre (1995-10-28) 28 October 1995 (age 25)32 Bay of Plenty
Stacey Waaka Centre (1995-11-03) 3 November 1995 (age 25)11 Waikato
Theresa Fitzpatrick Centre (1995-02-25) 25 February 1995 (age 25)7Auckland Storm / Auckland
Chelsea Alley Centre (1992-07-11) 11 July 1992 (age 28)15 Waikato
Portia Woodman Wing (1991-07-20) 20 July 1991 (age 29)16 Counties Manukau
Hazel Tubic Fullback (1990-12-31) 31 December 1990 (age 30)11Counties Manukau Heat / Counties Manukau
Selica Winiata Fullback (1986-11-14) 14 November 1986 (age 34)31 Manawatu

Previous squads

Results

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

(Full internationals only)

Rugby: New Zealand internationals 1990-
OpponentFirst gamePlayedWonDrawnLostPercentage
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1994191900100%
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 1991151500100%
Flag of England.svg  England 199727181867%
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 19981100100%
Flag of France.svg  France 1996750271%
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 19982200100%
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 20171100100%
IRFU flag.svg  Ireland 2014210150%
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 20141100100%
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 19901100100%
Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 20062200100%
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 19983300100%
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 20101100100%
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 19901100100%
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 199013120192%
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 19914400100%
  World XV19903300100%
Summary19901039011287%

Full internationals

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

1990s

[39]
1990-08-26(RF) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg56–0 Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Christchurch [1/17/1]
[40]
1990-08-28(RF) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg8–0 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union Christchurch [2/1/1]
[43]
1990-08-30(RF) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg9–3 Flag of the United States.svg  United States Christchurch [3/5/1]
[45]
1990-09-01(RF) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg12–4   World XV Christchurch [4/1/1]
[47]
1991-04-06 (WC) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg24-8 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Glamorgan Wanderers [5/4/1]
[55]
1991-04-10 (WC) Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg6-24 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Llanharan [8/6/1]
[59]
1991-04-12 (WC) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg0-7 Flag of the United States.svg  United States Cardiff Arms Park [7/9/2]
[110]
1994-09-02 Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg0-37 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Sydney [1/8/1]
[123]
1995-07-22 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg64-0 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Auckland [9/2/2]
[140]
1996-08-31 Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg5-28 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Sydney [3/10/3]
[141]
1996-09-08 (CC) Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg3-88 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Edmonton [15/11/2]
[143]
1996-09-11 (CC) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg88-8 Flag of the United States.svg  United States Edmonton [12/20/3]
[145]
1996-09-14 (CC) France  Flag of France.svg0-109 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Edmonton [38/13/1]
[171]
1997-08-13 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg67-0 Flag of England.svg  England Burnham [14/36/1]
[172]
1997-08-16 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg44-0 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Dunedin [15/5/4]
[194]
1998-05-02 (WC) Germany  Flag of Germany.svg6-134 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Amsterdam [19/16/1]
[202]
1998-05-05 (WC) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg76-0 Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Amsterdam [17/30/1]
[209]
1998-05-09 (WC) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg46-3 Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Amsterdam [18/17/1]
[214]
1998-05-12 (WC) England  Flag of England.svg11-44 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Amsterdam [46/19/2]
[229]
1998-05-16 (WC) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg44-12 Flag of the United States.svg  United States Amsterdam [20/29/4]
[230]
1998-08-29 Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg3-27 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Sydney [11/21/5]
[258]
1999-10-16 (T99) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg73-0 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Palmerston North, New Zealand[22/26/3]
[259]
1999-10-19 (T99) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg65-5 Flag of the United States.svg  United States Palmerston North, New Zealand[23/32/5]

2000s

[291]
2000-09-23 (CC) Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg0-41 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Winnipeg [28/24/4]
[292]
2000-09-27 (CC) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg45-0 Flag of the United States.svg  United States Winnipeg [25/35/6]
[294]
2000-09-30 (CC) England  Flag of England.svg13-32 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Winnipeg [65/26/3]
[332]
2001-06-09 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg15-10 Flag of England.svg  England Rotorua [27/76/4]
[333]
2001-06-16 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg17-22 Flag of England.svg  England North Harbour Stadium, Albany [28/77/5]
[362]
2002-05-13 (WC) Germany  Flag of Germany.svg0-117 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Barcelona [35/29/2]
[371]
2002-05-18 (WC) Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg3-36 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Barcelona [15/30/6]
[384]
2002-05-21 (WC) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg30-0 Flag of France.svg  France Barcelona [31/78/2]
[393]
2002-05-25 (WC) England  Flag of England.svg9-19 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Barcelona [85/32/6]
[424]
2003-10-04 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg37-0   World XV Eden Park, Auckland [33/2/2]
[425]
2003-10-11 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg38-18   World XV Whangarei [34/3/3]
[464]
2004-06-08 (CC) Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg5-32 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver [43/35/5]
[465]
2004-06-13 (CC) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg35-0 Flag of the United States.svg  United States Calgary Rugby Park[36/48/7]
[468]
2004-06-19 (CC) England  Flag of England.svg0-38 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Edmonton [104/37/7]
[508]
2005-06-29 (CC) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg30-9 Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Ottawa [39/88/2]
[510]
2005-07-05 (CC) Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg3-43 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Ottawa [49/39/6]
[511]
2005-07-08 (CC) Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg5-32 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Ottawa [50/40/7]
[513]
2005-10-22 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg24-15 Flag of England.svg  England Eden Park, Auckland [41/114/8]
[515]
2005-10-26 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg33-8 Flag of England.svg  England Waikato Stadium, Hamilton [42/115/9]
[559]
2006-08-31 (WC) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg66-7 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [56/43/8]
[565]
2006-09-04 (WC) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg50-0 Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa St. Albert Rugby Park, St. Albert [44/10/1]
[571]
2006-09-08 (WC) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg21-0 Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [45/98/3]
[577]
2006-09-12 (WC) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg40-10 Flag of France.svg  France Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [46/110/3]
[588]
2006-09-17 (WC) England  Flag of England.svg17-25 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand The Brick Field, Edmonton [124/47/10]
[645]
2007-10-16 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg21-10 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Cooks Gardens, Wanganui [48/23/7]
[646]
2007-10-20 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg29-12 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Wellington [49/24/8]
[717]
2008-07-22 Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg3-37 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Canberra [25/50/9]
[718]
2008-07-26 Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg16-22 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Sydney [26/51/10]
[777]
2009-11-14 England  Flag of England.svg3-16 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Esher [151/52/11]
[780]
2009-11-21 England  Flag of England.svg10-3 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Twickenham [152/53/12]

2010s

[837]
2010-08-20 (WC) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg55-3 Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Surrey Sports Park, Guildford [54/20/1]
[844]
2010-08-24 (WC) Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg5-32 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Surrey Sports Park, Guildford [29/55/11]
[848]
2010-08-28 (WC) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg41–8 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales Surrey Sports Park, Guildford [56/134/2]
[857]
2010-09-01 (WC) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg45–7 Flag of France.svg  France Twickenham Stoop [149/57/4]
[858]
2010-09-05 (WC) England  Flag of England.svg10-13 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Twickenham Stoop [168/58/13]
[917]
2011-11-26 England  Flag of England.svg10-0 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Twickenham, London[179/59/14]
[918]
2011-11-29 England  Flag of England.svg21-7 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Esher [180/60/15]
[919]
2011-12-03 England  Flag of England.svg8-8 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Esher [181/61/16]
[961]
2012-11-23 England  Flag of England.svg 16-13 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Esher [191/62/17]
[963]
2012-11-27 England  Flag of England.svg 17-8 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Aldershot Military Stadium [192/63/18]
[964]
2012-12-01 England  Flag of England.svg 32-23 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Twickenham [193/64/19]
[1000]
2013-07-13 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg29-10 Flag of England.svg  England [65/199/20]
[1001]
2013-07-16 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg14-9 Flag of England.svg  England Waikato Stadium, Hamilton [66/200/21]
[1002]
2013-07-20 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg29-8 Flag of England.svg  England ECOlight Stadium, Pukekohe [67/201/22]
[1046]
2014-06-01 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg38-3 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Rotorua International Stadium [68/32/12]
[1048]
2014-06-10 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg90-12 Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa Eden Park, Auckland [69/18/2]
[1049]
2014-06-10 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg16-8 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Tauranga [70/102/9]
[1050]
2014-06-14 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg33-21 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Whakatane [71/103/10]
[1057]
2014-08-01 (WC) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg79-5 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan CNR, Marcoussis Pitch 2[72/59/1]
[1067]
2014-08-05 (WC) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg14-17 IRFU flag.svg  Ireland CNR, Marcoussis Pitch 1[73/128/1]
[1073]
2014-08-09 (WC) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg34–3 Flag of the United States.svg  United States CNR, Marcoussis Pitch 1[74/98/8]
[1076]
2014-08-13 (WC) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg63–7 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales CNR, Marcoussis Pitch 1[75/161/3]
[1083]
2014-08-17 (WC) United States  Flag of the United States.svg5–55 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand CNR, Marcoussis Pitch 1[100/76/9]
[1114]
2015-06-27 (SS) Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg22 – 40 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Calgary [109/77/11]
[1115]
2015-07-01 (SS) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg26 – 7 Flag of England.svg  England Calgary [78/224/23]
[1117]
2015-07-05 (SS) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg47–14 Flag of the United States.svg  United States Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [79/103/10]
[1159]
2016-10-22 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg67-3 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Eden Park, Auckland [80/40/13]
[1160]
2016-10-26 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg29-3 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia QBE Stadium, North Harbour [81/41/14]
[1165]
2016-11-19 England  Flag of England.svg20–25 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Twickenham Stoop, London[238/82/24]
[1168]
2016-11-23 Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg10–20 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Donnybrook, Dublin [116/83/12]
[1172]
2016-11-27 Ireland  IRFU flag.svg8–38 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand UCD Bowl, Dublin, Ireland [145/84/2]
[1194]
2017-06-09 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg28–16 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Westpac Stadium, Wellington [85/120/12]
[1197]
2017-06-13 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg44–17 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Rugby Park, Christchurch [86/43/15]
[1200]
2017-06-17 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg21–29 Flag of England.svg  England Rotorua International Stadium [87/247/25]
[1206]
2017-08-09 (WC) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg44-12 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales Billings Park UCD, Dublin [88/179/4]
[1211]
2017-08-13 (WC) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg121–0 Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong Billings Park UCD, Dublin [89/37/1]
[1217]
2017-08-17 (WC) Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg5-48 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Billings Park UCD, Dublin [125/90/13]
[1226]
2017-08-22 (WC) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg45-12 Flag of the United States.svg  United States Ravenhill Stadium, Belfast [91/114/11]
[1234]
2017-08-26 (WC) England  Flag of England.svg32-41 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Ravenhill Stadium, Belfast [252/92/26]
[1241]
2018-08-18 Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg11-31 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand ANZ Stadium, Sydney [50/93/16]
[1242]
2018-08-25 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg45-17 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Eden Park, Auckland [94/51/17]
[1270]
2018-11-03 United States  Flag of the United States.svg6–67 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Chicago [116/95/12]
[1273]
2018-11-09 France  Flag of France.svg0–14 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Toulon [224/96/5]
[1280]
2018-11-17 France  Flag of France.svg30–27 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Grenoble [225/97/6]
[1322]
2019-06-29 (SS) Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg20–35 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Chula Vista, San Diego [113/98/14]
[1324]
2019-07-03 (SS) United States  Flag of the United States.svg0-33 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Chula Vista, San Diego [99/120/13]
[1325]
2019-07-06 (SS) France  Flag of France.svg25-16 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Chula Vista, San Diego [232/100/7]
[1332]
2019-07-14 (SS) New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg28-13 Flag of England.svg  England Chula Vista, San Diego [101/271/27]
[1339]
2019-08-10 Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg10–47 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Optus Stadium, Perth [54/102/18]
[1342]
2019-08-17 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg37–8 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Eden Park, Auckland [103/55/19]

Other internationals

[-]
2009-11-17 England A  Flag of England.svg3-48 Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Esher [-/-/-]

See also

List of women's international rugby union test matches – the most complete listing of all women's international results since 1982.

Notes

  1. They are England, France, Ireland and United States.

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New Zealand Rugby (NZR) is the governing body of rugby union in New Zealand. It was founded in 1892 as the New Zealand Rugby Football Union (NZRFU), 12 years after the first provincial unions in New Zealand. In 1949 it became an affiliate to the International Rugby Football Board, now known as World Rugby, the governing body of rugby union for the world. It dropped the word "Football" from its name in 2006. The brand name New Zealand Rugby was adopted in 2013. Officially, it is an incorporated society with the name New Zealand Rugby Union Incorporated.

France national rugby union team National rugby union team representing France

The France national rugby union team represents France in men's international rugby union and it is administered by the French Rugby Federation. They traditionally play in blue shirts emblazoned with the national emblem of a golden rooster on a red shield, with white shorts and red socks; thus they are commonly referred to as Les Tricolores or Les Bleus. The team's home matches are mostly played at the Stade de France in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis. France is ranked 4th in the World Rugby Rankings as of 3 November 2020.

Richie McCaw New Zealand rugby union player

Richard Hugh McCaw is a retired New Zealand professional rugby union player. He captained the national team, the All Blacks, in 110 out of his 148 test matches, and won two Rugby World Cups. He has won the World Rugby player of the year award a joint record three times and was the most capped test rugby player of all time from August 2015 to October 2020.

Rugby World Cup Sevens

The Rugby World Cup Sevens is the premier stand-alone international rugby sevens competition outside the Olympic Games. The event is contested every four years, with tournaments for men's and women's national teams co-hosted at the same venues. It is organised by World Rugby, the sport's governing body.

Dan Carter New Zealand rugby union player

Daniel William Carter is a New Zealand rugby union player.

Graham Henry New Zealand sportsman

Sir Graham William Henry is a New Zealand rugby union coach, and former head coach of the country's national team, the All Blacks.

Rugby union in New Zealand

Rugby union is the unofficial national sport of New Zealand. The national team, the All Blacks, is currently ranked the second best international rugby team in the world, after South Africa. The sport has been known in New Zealand since 1870. The top domestic competitions are the semi-professional Mitre 10 Cup and amateur Heartland Championship, and above them Super Rugby, in which New Zealand has five franchises. The country co-hosted and won the first ever Rugby World Cup in 1987, and hosted and won the 2011 Rugby World Cup. They have won three World Cups, tied with South Africa, the most of any other country. They are also the current World Champions in 7s rugby for men and women.

The haka, a traditional dance of the Māori people, has been used in sports in New Zealand and overseas. The challenge has been adopted by the New Zealand national rugby union team, the "All Blacks", and a number of other New Zealand national teams perform before their international matches; some non-New Zealand sports teams have also adopted the haka.

Rugby union in Argentina

Rugby union in Argentina is a popular team sport. The first rugby match played in the country dates back to 1873, as the game was introduced by the British. The Argentina national team, sometimes referred to as the Pumas, have competed at the Rugby World Cup, and are considered a tier one nation by the sport's governing body, World Rugby.

Australia womens national rugby union team

The Australia women's national rugby union team, also known as the Wallaroos, has competed at all Women's Rugby World Cups since 1998, with their best result finishing in third place in 2010.

Farah Rangikoepa Palmer is a lecturer in the Department of Management at Massey University and a former captain of New Zealand's women's rugby union team, the Black Ferns.

Kelly Brazier New Zealand rugby union player

Kelly Brazier is a New Zealand rugby union player. She plays flyhalf, centre or fullback in New Zealand, Canterbury and Canadian club Edmonton Clansmen RFC.

Tom French Cup

In rugby union, the Tom French Cup is an honour awarded by New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) to the Tom French Memorial Māori player of the year. The cup has been awarded annually since 1949, when it was donated to the New Zealand Māori coach Tom French while the team was on tour in Australia. French had represented Buller provincially, and was selected for New Zealand Maori in 1911. After the First World War, where he lost an arm at Passchendaele, French continued his involvement in rugby by serving as both a selector and administrator. In 1957 he was made a life member of the NZRU.

Anna Mary Richards is a former New Zealand rugby union player. She represented New Zealand at four World Cups and is the most capped Black Fern. She was a member of the 1998 Women's Rugby World Cup, 2002 Women's Rugby World Cup, 2006 Women's Rugby World Cup, and 2010 Women's Rugby World Cup.

Farah Palmer Cup

The Farah Palmer Cup, is the highest level domestic women's rugby competition in New Zealand and is named after the former Black Ferns captain, Farah Palmer. This contest is held annually from late August to early November and managed by the New Zealand Rugby Union, or NZRU. The competition was first introduced in 1999, with a total of fourteen teams competing initially. The number of teams increased to eighteen in the year 2000, but has decreased to as few as six teams, with 13 currently featured. Canterbury are the current holders of the JJ Stewart Trophy, the women's equivalent of the Ranfurly Shield. The Farah Palmer Cup is an amateur competition; players are not paid salaries and hold jobs outside of rugby.

References

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