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Winiata pleased by Palmer board naming

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/12/2016

New Zealand Rugby women's player of the year Selica Winiata has lauded the appointment of Farah Palmer to the organisation's board.

Dr Palmer, a former World Cup-winning Black Ferns captain, became the first woman in NZ Rugby's 124-year history to join the board this week.

She also serves as a senior lecturer at Massey University in Palmerston North, specialising in management studies.

Kiwi rugby has gone from strength to strength in 2016 but has been blighted by a series of off-field incidents, most notably the Chiefs' stripper saga.

The unanimous appointment of Dr Palmer has thus been received as a step in the right direction for NZ Rugby in encouraging diversity and higher standards.

Winiata, who played a major role from fullback in the Black Ferns' unbeaten 2016 Test campaign, was ecstatic to hear of Dr Palmer's appointment.

Dr Palmer had been her rugby idol growing up in Manawatu.

"She's always been a really generous, humble person, willing to help you out whenever she can," the 30-year-old Winiata said.

"To see her and where she's got is awesome, and to know her is even better."

Winiata beat out star Black Ferns halfback Kendra Cocksedge and Test skipper Fiao'o Fa'amausili for the player of the year award.

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