The inaugural Super Rugby Aupiki competition will kick off soon and a series of inspiring videos reveals what goes on in the lives of nib Blues wāhine as they prepare.
Black Ferns Eloise Blackwell, Cristo Tofa and Theresa Fitzpatrick share what it takes to be a professional female rugby player. Eloise discusses the realisation of her childhood dream; Cristo gives insight into juggling her family, community and rugby work; Theresa shows how she focuses on mental wellbeing as well as physical.
“I hope these ‘A Day in the Life’ videos show other young girls to keep dreaming and that it’s possible for females to have a future in the sport,” says nib Blues vice-captain, Eloise Backwell.
2022 marks the first Super Rugby Aupiki season and the Women’s Rugby World Cup later this year.
Blues Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Hore, says the new ‘Women of Influence’ initiative is launching in honour of the Aupiki women’s competiton.
“We’re calling on the public to submit women who’ve had a profound impact in the community. It’s an opportunity to celebrate and appreciate them for all they do,” he says.