Matches mat­ter most for Black Ferns

Nelson Mail - - Sport - Olivia Cald­well olivia.cald­

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

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