Black Ferns great Fiao'o Fa'amausili to be inducted into World Rugby Hall of Hame

Fiao'o Fa'amausili has won four World Cups for New Zealand
Fiao'o Fa'amausili has won four World Cups for New Zealand

Black Ferns great Fiao'o Fa'amausili will be inducted into the World Rugby's Hall of Fame at a special ceremony in November.

Fa'amausili will be the youngest amongst the six inductees and the only from New Zealand with Deborah Griffin, Sue Dorrington, Alice Cooper and Mary Forsyth joining her having played for England. Kathy Flores, who passed away last October guided USA to a title win in the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1991 will be the sixth inductee.

Fa'amausili played in six World Cups and went on to win four of them. She also captained them in the showpiece event in 2017 in Ireland and was the most capped player for the Black Ferns until her former teammate Kendra Cocksedge surpassed her earlier in the year.

She was also nominated for the World Rugby Women’s 15s Player of Year accolade for the second time in three years and played for Auckland over 100 times.

"It will be particularly special this year to honour those who have made an enormous contribution to the growth of the women's game as pioneers and inspirers," said the World Rugby chairman and Hall of Fame inductee Sir Bill Beaumont.

"From those who challenged the establishment to launch the first women's Rugby World Cup, to Kathy Flores, a pioneering driving force behind the growth of the women's game in the USA, and a five-time Rugby World Cup participant, world champion and game legend Fiao'o Fa'amausili.

"All have made a significant contribution to the history of our sport and, it is with their pioneering spirit that we will accelerate the profile, growth and impact of women in rugby world-wide."