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Hero's welcome for victorious Black Ferns in NZ

The team beat England 41-32 in a thrilling Women's Rugby World Cup final in Belfast

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Hero's welcome for victorious Black Ferns in NZ

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The Black Ferns have been given a colourful hero’s welcome back to New Zealand after winning the Women’s Rugby World Cup.

The team beat England 41-32 in a thrilling final in Belfast on Saturday.

There were traditional Maori and Pasifika greetings at Auckland International Airport from family, friends and fans.


The win was the Black Ferns’ fifth World Cup title.

Player Toko Natua told the state television channel TVNZ: “It’s overwhelming, so happy to be home, so happy to be with my family.”

Another player, Portia Woodman, said: ““The build-up for this world cup has been incredible. We didn’t really realise how much support we had back home until now.”


And player Kendra Cocksedge said: “To arrive here with all these different cultures you know, all doing dancing and singing, it’s just absolutely special to the girls and it means a lot to us.”

Captain Fiao’o Fa’amausili held up the World Cup trophy for everyone to see and the team also performed their own traditional dance for those gathered.