Introducing the Waitomo Wāhine Chiefs for historic first Super Aotearoa Women’s match
Blues and Chiefs will create history when they stage the first-ever women’s rugby clash in New Zealand between the two Super clubs.
The historic encounter will be played as a double header before the Blues host the Gallagher Chiefs in Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa at Eden Park on Saturday 1 May at 4.35pm.
The two Super clubs are excited to embark on the historic first Super Women’s game and, although it is a one-off match this season, both clubs are committed to developing a Super Women’s team and programme in the future.
Waitomo Wāhine Chiefs player, current Black Fern Chelsea Alley said: “The Chiefs have been my favourite rugby team since I was a kid. There’s so much mana and pride in the Chiefs jersey, so to be able to pull one on and represent the franchise as part of the first ever Chiefs women’s team is so special and I’m buzzing about it!”
Waitomo Wāhine Chiefs assistant coach, former 2014 England Rugby World cup winner La Toya Mason said: “These are the moments in life that you think what an amazing opportunity for me, but the bigger picture is, this is going to change women’s rugby forever and the players have such a great opportunity ahead of them.”
“It adds a whole new dynamic to what New Zealand Rugby Union can offer up and coming kiwi women in the pro rugby scene. It also gives the young girls out there playing rugby more role models to see and more rugby opportunities to aspire to, said Mason the 70 capped England international who played in three Rugby World Cups and eight Six Nations campaigns.
Waikato-based fuel company Waitomo Group will proudly sponsor the Chiefs Super Women’s team – the Waitomo Wāhine Chiefs.
Waitomo Group Managing Director Jimmy Ormsby said, “Waitomo was introduced to women’s rugby last season when we supported Waikato Rugby FPC team. What really impressed us was the quality of the players involved, their hard mahi and what was being achieved on the smell of an oily rag – heaps less than the men’s game.
“Being able to throw a bit of weight behind the Waitomo Wāhine Chiefs team to support this step-change into Super Rugby and the continued growth and recognition of the women’s game is really exciting for Waitomo. Go the Waitomo Wāhine Chiefs!”