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New Zealand Women

Nickname: Kiwi Ferns |

New Zealand Women

Nickname: Kiwi Ferns |
host venues

IRL Ranking :
2nd

head coach

Head Coach:
Ricky Henry

Captain

Captain:
Krystal Rota

Appearances

World Cup Appearances:
5 (2000, 2003, 2008, 2013, 2017)

Best Results

World Cup Best Result:
Winners (2000, 2003, 2008)

host venues

RLWC2021 Host Town:
York

Team Bio


1995 saw the establishment of the New Zealand Rugby League National Women’s team, the Kiwi Ferns, who hold the record for the most Women’s World Cup wins, taking home the trophy in 2000, 2003 and 2008. In two of the finals (2003, 2008) they would even prevent their opponents from scoring, with the 2003 final seeing a devastation of the New Zealand Maori team by 58 points. Since then however, the Kiwi Ferns have become significantly challenged by by the current world number one team in Australia.  

New Zealand's decade-long, 20-Test unbeaten run came to an end via an 18-16 loss to Australia in 2009. For the last 12 years, the Kiwi Ferns-Jillaroos rivalry has been intense, with the last two Women’s World Cup finals in 2013 and 2017, being contested by the two sides, with Australia coming out on top on both occasions. The pair are in the same group at RLWC2021, and meet in the final group game in York, which will be an encounter nobody will want to miss.

There have been 157 players to date that have represented the Kiwi Ferns over the 26-year period the team has been in existence. Over this period, it has cumulated in the team playing a total of 51 international matches, winning 43, and only losing 8. Throughout the five editions of the Women's Rugby League World Cup, New Zealand have hosted the tournament once, in 2003. Although, the Kiwi Ferns will be looking to come out on top once again on English soil at the RLWC2021, like they did at the 2000 World Cup when winning the tournament in England.

Schedule

Women's Group B

NZL

Wed 2
November

17:00

LNER Community Stadium, York

FRA

Women's Group B

NZL

Sun 6
November

17:00

LNER Community Stadium, York

COO

Women's Group B

AUS

Thu 10
November

19:30

LNER Community Stadium, York

NZL

News

Salford City Roosters officially open their brand new clubhouse

The club secured £434,863, one of the largest grants ever awarded from the Rugby League World Cup 2021 CreatedBy RLWC2021 capital grants programme.

RLWC2021 closes London Stock Exchange to celebrate new tournament schedule

RLWC2021 Ambassadors Oliver Thomason and Jodie Cunningham were joined by Rugby League legends, including Shaun Wane and Martin Offiah MBE, for the closing ceremony.

Full Schedule revealed and tickets available now for 2022

All 18 original host town and cities remain involved with, all tournament finals now to be played in Manchester with Manchester Central set to host the wheelchair final.

Bigger and better. New schedule and tickets on sale from 9am Friday

The Rugby League World Cup 2021 officially begins today (15 November) as we can confirm the 61-match schedule will be revealed in full on Friday 19 November at 9am GMT.

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