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Black Ferns starting to gel under guidance of elite coaching panel

By Sam Smith

Less than six weeks out from the Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, the 5 time rugby world cup winning Black Ferns are showing signs they will once again be a formidable force when the tournament gets underway on 8 October 2022.


After a less than satisfactory northern hemisphere tour at the end of last year where they were well accounted for by England and France, and some serious internal upheaval with former coach Glenn Moore stepping down, it’s been quite the turn around for the Black Ferns.

Having assembled an elite group of super coaches with Wayne Smith at the helm and the likes of Sir Graham Henry and Mike Cron among the assistants, many new players have been blooded.

A fresh squad and renewed competition for starting positions saw the Black Ferns take out the Pacific Four series earlier this year, and put on some red hot form against the Wallaroos in the opening test of the O’Reilly Cup last weekend.


One thing is for sure, these Black Ferns are on the rise and will be a difficult prospect for all opposition at their first ever Women’s Rugby World Cup at home in New Zealand.

Follow all the action from the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 (playing in 2022) right here on RugbyPass where we’ll keep you up to the minute with extensive coverage on the ground in New Zealand.

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