Fa'amausili to be inducted into Hall of Fame

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World Rugby announced six legends of the women's game who will be honoured at the Rugby World Cup 2021 semifinals at Eden Park on November 5.


Fa'amausili is the youngest of the six inductees. She played in five World Cups for the Black Ferns, sharing in four wins and captaining the side in the 2017 World Cup in Ireland.


A hooker, she was the most capped Black Ferns player with 57 appearances until she was passed by former team-mate halfback Kendra Cocksedge earlier this year.


Fa'amausili first placed for New Zealand in 2002, making her debut at the Rugby World Cup in the 36-3 win over Australia at the Barcelona tournament.


She captained the side from 2012, leading the team in 34 games. A detective in the Counties Manukau region, she played 106 times for Auckland, shared 15 national titles and more recently was elected president of Auckland Rugby, the first woman to hold the position.


She will join other Black Ferns in the Hall of Fame, Huriana Manuel-Carpenter, Anna Richards and Dr Farah Palmer.


The others to be inducted in Auckland are - Deborah Griffin, Sue Dorrington, Alice D. Cooper and Mary Forsyth (all England) and American, the late Kathy Flores.


The induction recognises those who have made an outstanding contribution to rugby throughout their careers while also demonstrating the game's character-building values of integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect.


The four Englishwomen were the pioneers who drove the inaugural women's Rugby World Cup in Wales in 1991.


Flores, who died 12 months ago, was part of the USA team that won the inaugural World Cup and was coach of the team at two World Cups.


World Rugby chairman and fellow Hall of Fame inductee Sir Bill Beaumont said: "It will be particularly special this year to honour those who have made an enormous contribution to the growth of the women's game as pioneers and inspirers.


"For those who challenged the establishment to launch the first women's Rugby World Cup, to Kathy Flores, a pioneering driving force behind the growth of the women's game in the USA and five-time Rugby World Cup participant, world champion and game legend Fiao'o Fa'amausili.


"All have made a significant contribution to the history of our sport and it is with their pioneering spirit that we will accelerate the profile, growth and impact women in rugby world wide."


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