World Cup winner to manage Black Ferns

(IRB.COM) Wednesday 17 March 2010
 World Cup winner to manage Black Ferns
Hannah Porter captained New Zealand at RWC Sevens 2009 - Photo: Zoomfiji

Former Black Fern Hannah Porter (nee Myers) will take on the role of manager for Women's Rugby World Cup 2010 in England as New Zealand look to secure a fourth successive title.

Porter helped the Black Ferns achieve their two most recent world titles in Barcelona (2002) and Canada (2006), having made her international debut back in 2000 and earned 22 caps over an eight-year spell.

The versatile back, who played her provincial rugby for Otago and Auckland, also captained New Zealand to a sudden-death extra-time 15-10 loss to Australia in the inaugural Women's Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009 in Dubai.

She is currently the Professional Development Manger for the North Harbour Rugby Union and previously worked as a fitness trainer to the Cook islands Sevens from 2002 to 2005.

"It will be very different experiencing a World Cup from the other side," admitted Porter. "I was lucky enough to experience many years as a player and I hope that knowledge will assist me in this role."

New Zealand have been drawn in Pool A alongside rivals Australia, Wales and South Africa for Women's Rugby World Cup 2010, which takes place in England from 20 August to 5 September.