In the documentary, which Blyth produced and directed, the Black Ferns reveal in-depth, the inspiration behind their 2017 Rugby World Cup success.
Black Ferns loose forward Charmaine McMenamin speaks about how the Wellington-born war heroine, Nancy Wake, motivated them during their successful campaign in Ireland.
Wake was born in Wellington in 1912. She moved to Australia when she was two and then at the age of 16, she made her way to London where she trained as a journalist. She eventually moved to Paris and was living in Marseille when the Nazis invaded France in 1940.
Wake became part of the French resistance and worked as a courier, helping people get out of France. The Gestapo even had a code name for Wake – the ‘White Mouse’ because of her ability to elude capture. She was constantly in danger, and after many attempts she managed to flee France, crossing over the Pyrenees into Spain and onto the UK. She then joined the Special Operations Executive, was trained in sabotage and raiding operations and was parachuted back into France.
McMenamin said Nancy Wake became such a rock for the team.
“I remember days at training where we would be having an off day and our coaches would pull us up and say, would Nancy be happy with this? And we knew she wouldn’t, so we then had to rectify it.”
Make sure to tune into the Black Ferns Facebook page this ANZAC Day, Saturday 25 April, at 3pm to watch this remarkable story.
Our special thanks to David Blyth who has given us permission to screen his documentary.