22 May 2024

The game changers who built women's rugby from the ground up

From Nine To Noon, 10:05 am on 22 May 2024
Photo of Jo Caird with telephoto lens and book cover of 'Our Game Makers'.

Photo: Supplied: Bateman Books

Gal Blacks? Lady Blacks? It's hard to fathom now - but as the media struggled for a short way to reference the New Zealand's Women's Rugby Team this was the best they could come up with.

It was not appreciated.

Drawing of Rochelle Martin from Our Game Makers.

Photo: Supplied: Bateman Books

The solution from the team - get in a room and hammer it out. The result was of course - the Black Ferns. That story is from Dame Farah Palmer - one of 52 women profiled in a new book for their groundbreaking contributions to rugby.

Our Game Makers has been written by Paula George (aka Georgie) - the Welsh netballer turned rugby player who represented England in four Rugby World Cups - and Jo Caird, who photographed over 175 All Black tests and was the first official All Black photographer.

Included among the 52 are 13 Kiwis who have had a big impact on the progression of the game - among them, Black Ferns captain and three-time Rugby World Cup winner Rochelle Martin. She joins Jo in talking to Kathryn about how the game has changed.