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Black Ferns, 2006 Women's Rugby World Cup

Black Ferns, 2006 Women's Rugby World Cup

The Black Ferns, the New Zealand women's rugby team, have dominated the women's game internationally, but have a much lower profile than the All Blacks, the men's team. They have won six of the nine women's world cups authorised by World Rugby – by comparison, the All Blacks have won three out of nine men's world cups. Here Black Ferns Sharon Willoughby runs with the ball during the world cup semi-final against France in 2006.

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Sally Shaw, 'Gender and sport - Women and sporting codes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Sally Shaw, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Jun 2016