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All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith has hit back in response to a tweet claiming male players didn’t watch the women’s game.


In a tweet posted yesterday, a user wrote, “Bet you all the money in the world, not a single male rugby player in any division would pay to go see a women’s rugby match.”

Smith, who is in his last few days of managed isolation, was quick to respond.

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Smith’s response got the attention of Black Ferns veteran Kendra Cocksedge, who replied, “Love your work my mate! #halfysforlife”

The tweets were quick to pile up after that, with many fans commending Smith’s reply.


Meanwhile, Black Ferns star Portia Woodman took out Women’s Sevens Player of the Decade and Women’s 15s Try of the Decade in the World Rugby Awards earlier this week.


Woodman’s statistics in sevens during the decade in question are simply staggering. She played in 29 series tournaments between 2012 and 2018, scoring 195 tries as she accumulated 975 points on the world series.

This article first appeared on and is republished with permission.

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