Black Ferns legend Anna Richards gets new role

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 08:23 05/11/2013

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Black Ferns legend Anna Richards has been appointed Hong Kong womens sevens coach as rugby's abbreviated game continues to build on its Olympics inclusion.

Richards, who won the last of her four World Cups as a 45-year-old in 2010, is the most-capped Black Fern and an acknowledged superstar of the women's game.

She was announced as Hong Kong's sevens coach today. Gareth Baber of Wales is the new men's coach with both he and Richards part of the well-funded Hong Kong Sports Institute.

"We believe that in Gareth and Anna we have two world-class coaches to take our already successful programs to the next level," Hong Kong rugby's head of technical development and performance Dai Rees Rees said.

"Anna is highly regarded in international circles as perhaps the world's most accomplished women's rugby player, having led and represented New Zealand for many years. It is a real coup to have her here in Hong Kong to lead our own elite women athletes with the benefit of her vast personal experience."

Richards was never beaten in her New Zealand NPC career with Auckland. She also played representative tennis and netball before playing rugby where she debuted for the Ferns in 1990. She has a law degree and a BA.

Richards' first assignment is this weekend when Hong Kong contest the Asian Women's Sevens Series in Pune, India.

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