Black Ferns bring world cup to pupils

Waihi Leader - - News - By MELANIE CAMOIN news@wai­hileader.co.nz

The Women’s Rugby World Cup tro­phy en­tered Chiefs’ ter­ri­tory.

Black Ferns play­ers Re­nee Wick­liffe and Eloise Black­well met with col­lege stu­dents in Paeroa and Waihi on Tues­day, 15.

Both were cheered with a round of ap­plause at Waihi Col­lege dur­ing their brief visit.

Wick­liffe is no stranger to the district as she grew up in Paeroa.

“We are very lucky to share with you the cup,” she said.

Both played 32 test matches for the Black Ferns and shared some of their ex­pe­ri­ences with the stu­dents.

All lined-up to have their photo taken with the play­ers and the cup at the end of the ses­sion and au­to­graphs were signed.

Thir­teen-year-old Angie Burkitt said she could not be­lieve her eyes

“I’d have never ex­pected to see them in Waihi . . . It is nice to see the girls play rugby once in a while be­cause it has al­ways been the boys [All Blacks].

“I have been a fan of the Black Ferns for a long time and seen them play and they are pretty awe­some,” she said.

The play­ers were next head­ing to Whanga­mata.

PHO­TOS / MELANIE CAMOIN

Stu­dents hold­ing the cup.

Black Ferns play­ers Re­nee Wick­liffe and Eloise Black­well at Waihi Col­lege.

Stu­dents got their photo taken with the play­ers and the cup.

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