September 27, 2017
Chance to show love for Black Ferns
Tomorrow’s welcome home event for the world champion Black Ferns is not only a chance to celebrate their winning the Women’s Rugby World Cup for the fifth time but to support their aspirations for the game.
The amateur team regained the trophy from England, which has put its women players on the professional payroll.
Manurewa MP Louisa Wall says many of the players are from south Auckland, and she’s encouraging whanau to show how proud they are of them.
"It also gives an indication to the Rugby Union about some of the issues we have been discussing since they have returned in terms of the ability for them to be professional athletes, whether it is time for a women's professional competition, whether we should put our hands up to host the next women’s rugby world cup," she says.
Doors open at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau at 10am, and the Black Ferns will arrive at 10.45am to be greeted by family and friends before proceeding into the Vodafone Events Centre with a guard of honour formed by pupils from neighbouring primary schools.
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