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Rikki Swannell

Rikki Swannell has been a sports broadcaster for 15 years, including six years as Sports Editor for Radio Sport/Newstalk ZB, covering various World Cups, Olympics and Commonwealth Games. Now a freelance commentator and reporter, she can be heard on rugby, netball, tennis, cricket and hockey for Sky Sport and on the Women's World Sevens Series.

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The Farah Palmer Cup is where greatness begins - Swannell

Six uncapped players and three first-time squad members have been named in the Black Ferns touring party for next month’s Northern tour; three players who have been directly rewarded for their form in the Farah Palmer Cup. 


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National selection looms large in Farah Palmer Cup - Swannell

As crunch time looms in the Farah Palmer Cup this weekend’s semifinals will be played with something else on the horizon.


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Wahine Round can't be a token measure - Swannell

Wahine Round - a round of rugby to acknowledge and celebrate female players, coaches, refs, volunteers and those who support the women’s game. 


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It’s all on in the Farah Palmer Cup - Swannell

With two weeks to go until the semifinals, the cream has started to rise to the top of the Farah Palmer Cup.
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Newcomers need a chance to thrive - Swannell

The history of the domestic women’s competition and some of the results in week two of the Farah Palmer Cup should show us that patience and perseverance across the board is going to be vital in allowing these players and teams to reach their potential. 


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Farah Palmer Cup will inspire the next generation - Swannell

One of the unseen parts of sports commentary is the preparation.
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Rikki Swannell: They are tough, fearless and driven

The third edition of the Farah Palmer Cup will begin this week after a year of historic change for women’s rugby. 


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