The Black Ferns boast one of the best winning percentages in international rugby, having won nearly 90 per cent of their Test matches since the team’s inception. Among their accolades are five Rugby World Cups, winning in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and most recently in 2017.
That same year ended with a landmark moment for women’s rugby when the Black Ferns became the first-ever women’s team to be named the World Rugby Team of the Year.
Like their male counterparts, the Black Ferns perform a haka at the beginning of their matches. Traditionally, a haka is performed when two parties meet – both in conflict and in peace. They are seen today as part of many celebrations and ceremonies, but perhaps most famously to challenge opponents on the sports field. Written for them specially by Whetu Tipiwai, Ko Huhia Mai translates to ‘Let it be Known’. This rousing haka captures the essence of the Black Ferns’ sense of pride, unity and strength.
In 2022 the Black Ferns coaching group has been bolstered with the inclusion of Wayne Smith and Sir Graham Henry joining Wesley Clarke and Whitney Hansen. The group are looking forward to creating an exhilarating brand of rugby to get all New Zealanders excited in what is the biggest year of women’s rugby ever.