Rugby kudos

The Northland Age - - Local Classified­s -

New Zealand Rugby cel­e­brated a his­toric and pres­ti­gious ac­co­lade with the Black Ferns Sevens be­com­ing the first rugby team to be awarded the Lonsdale Cup.

The recog­ni­tion was pre­sented to the team at the New Zealand Olympic Gala Din­ner on Mon­day night where the Black Ferns Sevens were ac­knowl­edged for a stel­lar 2018 among their Olympic and Com­mon­wealth Games peers. The Ferns Sevens capped off a ground break­ing 2018 cam­paign by win­ning their fifth World Se­ries tour­na­ment in Dubai last week­end (less their renowned Mid North speed­ster Por­tia Wood­man, out with a rup­tured achilles ten­don) along with a his­toric Com­mon­wealth Games Gold in April, and a World Cup Sevens ti­tle in July. New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew said the recog­ni­tion was thor­oughly de­served: “On be­half of New Zealand Rugby I would like to con­grat­u­late the Black Ferns Sevens on re­ceiv­ing this sig­nif­i­cant award. This is a team that demon­strates our rugby values in ev­ery­thing they do on and off the field and it is fan­tas­tic to see that recog­nised by the New Zealand Olympic Com­mit­tee.”

The Lonsdale Cup was first awarded in 1961, with Sir Mur­ray Hal­berg the in­au­gu­ral re­cip­i­ent. Since then it has been won by a host New Zealand’s top ath­letes in­clud­ing Dame Va­lerie Adams, Lisa Car­ring­ton, Sir John Walker, Bar­bara Kendall and Sir Peter Snell.

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