Matches matter most for Black Ferns
As the Black Ferns are ending their first season as paid professionals, coach Glenn Moore says while money has been reimbursement for hardship, more quality games are what’s really needed.
In April, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) announced that the XVs women would be paid to play for the first time.
With training camps, match fees and retainers combined, leading players could earn between $30,000 and $45,000.
While an improvement, Moore says players give up a large amount of their social, work and family lives to wear the black jersey.
‘‘To be honest I just see it as being a reimbursement for some of the sacrifices they have to make. Getting some time off their job to be able to train, it’s a big sacrifice,’’ Moore said.
‘‘I don’t recall ever hearing [contracts] talked about in here, the only thing I hear talked about is the pride in the jersey.’’ Glenn Moore, Black Ferns coach