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Former Black Fern voted onto WRFU board

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/04/2017 Kris Dando

Izzy Ford has heaped more onto her already full plate.

Porirua's deputy mayor was last week announced as the first woman board member of the Wellington Rugby Football Union since Fran Wilde in 1996.

The long-time member of Porirua's Northern Rugby Club was a Black Fern from 1999 to 2005, and said her appointment is a chance to make a difference in the game she loves.

Her appointment with rugby administrator Ina Hansen comes in the wake of Dame Margaret Bazley's review of Wellington Rugby's own review of processes and procedures around player conduct and management after the Losi Filipo street violence case.

Filipo attacked four people in central Wellington in October 2015 - he was initially discharged but then convicted and sentenced to nine months supervision after a public outcry.

Ms Bazley said more women were needed in the top echelons of rugby to prevent a repeat of the Filipo case.

Ms Ford said standing for the WRFU was something she had thought about last year and was happy to put forward by her club, Norths.

"I think I can add value and I would love to have a focus on juniors and the women's game," she told NZ Newswire.

"When these young players go out into the world as professionals, there needs to be safeguards for them because one size does not fit all.

"Their skill level is mature, but they might not be.

"I can't wait to get my feet under the table and have discussions close to my heart."

Ms Ford said balancing Porirua City Council, WRFU and Rangikura School Board of Trustee duties was a challenge she was looking forward to.

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