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New Zealand
Blackferns.png
Union New Zealand Rugby Union
Nickname(s) Black Ferns
Coach(es) New Zealand Dale Atkins
Captain(s) New Zealand Melissa Ruscoe
Most caps (-)
Top scorer (-)
Team kit
Change kit
First international
New Zealand  56 - 0  Netherlands
(August 26, 1990)
Largest win
New Zealand  134 - 6 Germany 
(May 2, 1998)
Worst defeat
New Zealand  0 - 7  United States
(April 12, 1991)
World Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1991)
Best result Champions 1998, 2002, 2006

The Black Ferns is New Zealand's national women's rugby union team. The name comes from the use of the colour black and the silver fern as New Zealand sporting symbols. For example, the All Blacks is New Zealand's famous men's rugby team, The Black Caps are the men's cricket team and the White Ferns are the women's cricket team, while the Silver Ferns is the national women's netball team.

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Team Background

The Black Ferns are the current Women's Rugby World Cup champions. They have won three consecutive World Cups, winning the first International Rugby Board (IRB)-sponsored Cup in 1998, the 2002 World Cup in Barcelona, and the 2006 World Cup in Edmonton, Canada, defeating England 25-17 on September 17. The Black Ferns have participated in most WRWC events since its inauguration in 1991, only missing the 1994 championship in Scotland. They also won the Canada Cup in 1996, 2000, and 2005.

Black Ferns, Waikato Stadium , Hamilton - NZ

Farah Palmer, who had been captain since 1997, lost her captaincy in 2005 due to a shoulder injury. However, she was honoured as International Women's (Rugby) Personality of the Year at the IRB Awards. During that year, Rochelle Martin and Anna Richards led the team in the 2005 test series against England, which the Black Ferns won 2-0. For the 5th Women's Rugby World Cup in Canada, Farah Palmer fought her way back into the Black Ferns team. After again leading the team to World Cup victory, Palmer announced her retirement from the Black Ferns in September 2006[1].

While rugby is the most popular spectator game in New Zealand, the Black Ferns have suffered in the past from similar problems to any women's sport—under-funding, lack of support and lack of publicity. The New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) and IRB have been criticised for not doing more to promote women's rugby, although support is beginning to build in those organisations. The NZRU started funding the Black Ferns in 1995, thus giving a great boost to their game. Accordingly the Black Ferns have benefitted from being included in NZRU High Performance initiatives. Along with professional coaches the team has had access to professional development resources such as analysis. The Black Ferns have used Verusco Technologies TryMaker video analysis system, as used by the All Blacks. In more recent times, the team's profile has risen greatly at a grassroots level, due in great part to their string of successes, and it is increasingly seen to be a national team on the same basis as any other.

Results

The first four games listed below - played at RugbyFest 1990 - are not generally accepted as being internationals by New Zealand authorities. However, in men's rugby it is general practice to award full international status to any games where ONE side considers a game to be an international. As a result all games in that tournament have been treated as full internationals in this article.

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Summary

(Full internationals only)

Rugby: New Zealand internationals 1990-
Opponent First game Played Won Drawn Lost Percentage
 Australia 1994 10 10 0 0 100.00%
 Canada 1991 8 8 0 0 100.00%
 England 1997 12 10 0 2 83.33%
 Spain 1998 1 1 0 0 100.00%
 France 1996 3 3 0 0 100.00%
 Germany 1998 2 2 0 0 100.00%
 Netherlands 1990 1 1 0 0 100.00%
 Samoa 2006 1 1 0 0 100.00%
 Scotland 1998 3 3 0 0 100.00%
 Soviet Union 1990 1 1 0 0 100.00%
 United States 1990 7 6 0 1 85.71%
 Wales 1991 1 1 0 0 100.00%
  World XV 1990 3 3 0 0 100.00%
Summary 1990- 53 50 0 3 94.34%

Full internationals

See Women's international rugby for information about the status of international games and match numbering.

[39]
1990-08-26(RF) New Zealand  56–0  Netherlands Christchurch [1/17/1]
[40]
1990-08-28(RF) New Zealand  8–0  Soviet Union Christchurch [2/1/1]
[43]
1990-08-30(RF) New Zealand  9–3  United States Christchurch [3/5/1]
[45]
1990-09-01(RF) New Zealand  12–4   World XV Christchurch [4/1/1]
[47]
1991-04-06 (WC) New Zealand  24-8  Canada Glamorgan Wanderers [5/4/1]
[55]
1991-04-10 (WC) Wales  6-24  New Zealand Llanharan [8/6/1]
[59]
1991-04-12 (WC) New Zealand  0-7  United States Cardiff Arms Park [7/9/2]
[110]
1994-09-02 Australia  0-37  New Zealand Sydney [1/8/1]
[123]
1995-07-22 New Zealand  64-0  Australia Auckland [9/2/2]
[140]
1996-08-31 Australia  5-28  New Zealand Sydney [3/10/3]
[141]
1996-09-08 (CC) Canada  3-88  New Zealand Edmonton [15/11/2]
[143]
1996-09-11 (CC) New Zealand  88-8  United States Edmonton [12/20/3]
[145]
1996-09-14 (CC) France  0-109  New Zealand Edmonton [38/13/1]
[171]
1997-08-13 New Zealand  67-0  England Burnham [14/36/1]
[172]
1997-08-16 New Zealand  44-0  Australia Dunedin [15/5/4]
[194]
1998-05-02 (WC) Germany  6-134  New Zealand Amsterdam [19/16/1]
[202]
1998-05-05 (WC) New Zealand  76-0  Scotland Amsterdam [17/30/1]
[209]
1998-05-09 (WC) New Zealand  46-3  Spain Amsterdam [18/17/1]
[214]
1998-05-12 (WC) England  11-44  New Zealand Amsterdam [46/19/2]
[229]
1998-05-16 (WC) New Zealand  44-12  United States Amsterdam [20/29/4]
[230]
1998-08-29 Australia  3-27  New Zealand Sydney [11/21/5]
[258]
1999-10-16 (T99) New Zealand  73-0  Canada Palmerston North, New Zealand [22/26/3]
[259]
1999-10-19 (T99) New Zealand  65-5  United States Palmerston North, New Zealand [23/32/5]
[291]
2000-09-23 (CC) Canada  0-41  New Zealand Winnipeg [28/24/4]
[292]
2000-09-27 (CC) New Zealand  45-0  United States Winnipeg [25/35/6]
[294]
2000-09-30 (CC) England  13-32  New Zealand Winnipeg [65/26/3]
[332]
2001-06-09 New Zealand  15-10  England Rotorua [27/76/4]
[333]
2001-06-16 New Zealand  17-22  England North Harbour Stadium, Albany [28/77/5]
[362]
2002-05-13 (WC) Germany  0-117  New Zealand Barcelona [35/29/2]
[371]
2002-05-18 (WC) Australia  3-36  New Zealand Barcelona [15/30/6]
[384]
2002-05-21 (WC) New Zealand  30-0  France Barcelona [31/78/2]
[393]
2002-05-25 (WC) England  9-19  New Zealand Barcelona [85/32/6]
[424]
2003-10-04 New Zealand  37-0   World XV Eden Park, Auckland [33/2/2]
[425]
2003-10-11 New Zealand  38-18   World XV Whangarei [34/3/3]
[464]
2004-06-08 (CC) Canada  5-32  New Zealand Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver [43/35/5]
[465]
2004-06-13 (CC) New Zealand  35-0  United States Calgary Rugby Park [36/48/7]
[468]
2004-06-19 (CC) England  0-38  New Zealand Edmonton [104/37/7]
[508]
2005-06-29 (CC) New Zealand  30-9  Scotland Ottawa [39/88/2]
[510]
2005-07-05 (CC) Canada  3-43  New Zealand Ottawa [49/39/6]
[511]
2005-07-08 (CC) Canada  5-32  New Zealand Ottawa [50/40/7]
[513]
2005-10-22 New Zealand  24-15  England Eden Park, Auckland [41/114/8]
[515]
2005-10-26 New Zealand  33-8  England Waikato Stadium, Hamilton [42/115/9]
[559]
2006-08-31 (WC) New Zealand  66-7  Canada Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [56/43/8]
[565]
2006-09-04 (WC) New Zealand  50-0  Samoa St. Albert Rugby Park, St. Albert [44/10/1]
[571]
2006-09-08 (WC) New Zealand  21-0  Scotland Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [45/98/3]
[577]
2006-09-12 (WC) New Zealand  40-10  France Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton [46/110/3]
[588]
2006-09-17 (WC) England  17-25  New Zealand Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton [124/47/10]
[645]
2007-10-16 New Zealand  21-10  Australia Cooks Gardens, Wanganui [48/23/7]
[646]
2007-10-20 New Zealand  29-12  Australia Wellington [49/24/8]
[717]
2008-07-22 Australia  3-37  New Zealand Canberra [25/50/9]
[718]
2008-07-26 Australia  16-22  New Zealand Sydney [26/51/10]
[777]
2009-11-14 England  3-16  New Zealand Esher [151/52/11]
[780]
2009-11-21 England  10-3  New Zealand Twickenham [152/53/12]

Other internationals

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2009-11-17 England A  3-48  New Zealand Esher [-/-/-]

References

See also

Women's international rugby - the most complete listing of all women's international results since 1982.

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