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Ten things you didn’t know about the Black Ferns

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allblacks.com     12 Jul 2017     Getty Images

1: The Black Ferns have won more World Cups than any other New Zealand rugby side with four successful Rugby World Cup campaigns.

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2: Within the Black Ferns there are three police officers, one firefighter, a nurse, a builder, school teachers, university students, professional rugby players and more.

3: Black Ferns halfback Kristina Sue has also represented New Zealand in touch rugby, sevens and rugby league.

4: There is one set of sisters in the Black Ferns – Linda and Aldora Itunu. Linda helped grow the game in Sri Lanka where she coached the national women’s sevens team.

5:
With eight players in the squad, Farah Palmer Cup champions Counties Manukau provide the most players in the squad with Auckland second with seven players.

6: One in seven rugby players in NZ is female.

7: Selica Winiata is the all-time leading try scorer for the Black Ferns with 29 tries.

8: A New Zealand women’s selection first took to the field in 1989 and competed at the Women’s World Cup in 1991.

9: Captain Fiao’o Fa’amausili will be appearing at a record fifth straight Rugby World Cup after also playing in the 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 tournaments.

10:
The Black Ferns will play Hong Kong for the very first time during pool play at the Women’s Rugby World Cup.

The Black Ferns have been drawn in Pool A alongside Wales, Hong Kong and Canada at the Women’s Rugby World Cup.


BLACK FERNS POOL MATCHES

Thursday, 10 August – Black Ferns v Wales (kick-off at 1.45am NZT)
Sunday, 13 August – Black Ferns v Hong Kong (kick-off at 11pm NZT)
Friday 18 August – Black Ferns v Canada (kick-off at 4.15am NZT)