Black Ferns Kendra Cocksedge reflects on their sixth World Cup Title and Georgia Hales previews the upcoming Rugby League World Cup plus pay parity and helpful advice for athlete’s on taking care of their feet
FAIR PLAY is a co-production of WiSP Sports Radio and Radio New Zealand and is hosted by Zoe George in Wellington
Podcast length: 30′ 25″
On this month’s FAIR PLAY Zoe George and her guest co-presenter Bronwyn Easterbrook-Smith focus on rugby and look towards the Rugby League World Cup… Kiwi ferns vice-captain Georgia Hales drops in to discuss the competition, their preparation and not having a home ground advantage. Rugby Union is enjoying phenomenal growth globally and the Kiwis have had lots to celebrate as the Black Ferns captured their sixth ‘Nancy’ this summer in Ireland. Black Fern Kendra Cocksedge played a big part in the success of the team and she talks about what really happened in the dressing room during the Rugby World Cup Final as well as the growth of the sport especially among girls in New Zealand. She also reveals the story behind why they nicknamed the World Cup ‘Nancy’.
Bronwyn Easterbrook-Smith is a podiatrist for Resonance, based in Wellington who works with athletes and has advice about sports footwear and taking care of your feet.
Pay parity has been a hot topic in the media of late. New Minister of Sport Grant Robertson has been vocal about the importance of pay parity in Rugby. New Zealand Rugby are currently going through negotiations. New Zealand Football this week announced they will be looking to put both men and women on the same collective agreement. If this happens it will be a world first.
Georgia Hales on what a match allowance would mean to the players:
The first time I ever made Kiwi Ferns we had to pay some of our way to go over to compete in a match and that was only a couple of years ago so I think no matter what the size of the allowance is that’s going to make an enormous difference to some of the women in our team. Some of the women on our team are the main money makers, others are single mothers running households and things like that. So hopefully this is just the seed of something that’s going to grow in the future and I’m sure that whatever support financially is given our way I’m sure will make a massive difference to some of the ladies in our team.
Kendra Cocksedge on second half tactics in the Rugby World Cup Final:
“We decided to chuck it up the middle and use the forwards a bit more. One of our props scored a hat trick – that was the plan to take them out the front and just keep going – we kept scoring tries so it was working and why change it – it was a really fun second half to play in actually.
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Episode 1 of FAIR PLAY discusses cricket, contraception, equality and menstruation all on one show – take a listen here