Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Black Fern to drop in to Defence rugby comp

The inaugural women’s International Defence Rugby Competition, hosted by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), will kick off on Friday.

To celebrate the opening of the competition, former Black Fern and part of the winning 2017 Rugby World Cup team, Eloise Blackwell (pictured) will be winched from a Seasprite helicopter to officially deliver the ball for the first match between France and New Zealand.

Blackwell played 46 test matches and represented New Zealand at two World Cups.

“I am so proud to be involved with NZDF and kicking off these games. I’m inspired by these Defence Wahine Toa gathered from across the world to connect and play rugby,” she said.

“I wish all the teams the best. It’s an exciting competition ahead and I am blown away by the calibre of players and the level of support from their defence forces, bringing these players together to build relationships and play some really good rugby.” 

The official ball drop will take place at approximately 10.50am on Friday at College Rifles Rugby Club in Remuera.

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