Wellington to host party in Civic Square for world champion Black Ferns
The capital is gearing up to celebrate the Black Ferns' world-beating success at the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup with a party next week.
Although the run sheet is still a work in progress, the Wednesday event looks likely to have something for everyone – with supporters able to mingle with players and competitions, giveaways, entertainment, kids' skills and drills sessions, player signings and a drop kick competition all pencilled in.
The celebration will also feature members of Wellington's St Mary's College First XV – the country's top girls' college team and one of the best in the world.
The First XV celebrated their win in the national first XV top four final over Hamilton Girls' High School earlier this month on the back of the school's sevens squad claiming the Sanix World Youth Tournament's rugby sevens title in May.
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"This is a chance for the community to celebrate the success of women's rugby and the Black Ferns and St Mary's," New Zealand Rugby spokesman Andrew Campbell said.
The party in the capital comes after a similar celebrations in Auckland and Manukau.
Black Ferns' star, Selica Winiata, said she was excited to bring the trophy and Rugby World Cup celebrations to Wellington.
"We had an awesome time in Auckland and the team were blown away by the love and support we received.
"To meet so many young people, especially young women and girls, was a humbling feeling and really brought home to the team the impact that we have had," Winiata said.
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said he was delighted that the city could acknowledge the team's success.
"After the performance of the Black Ferns at the Women's Rugby World Cup Wellington put its hand up straight away for a celebration.
"As a city we are very proud of the Black Ferns' achievements and we are delighted that Wellington has an opportunity to show our appreciation for the team," he said.
* The celebration is on Wednesday, October 4 at Wellington's Civic Square from noon till 1.30pm.