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Cyclones confirmed for FPC kicking off on August 22

Cyclones confirmed for FPC kicking off on August 22

Our elite women's team, coached by Fusi Feaunati and Caleb Agnew-Jones and captained by Black Ferns legend Selica Winiata, will compete in the nine-week competition, which is set to feature Black Ferns and Black Ferns Sevens stars.

After collaboration from New Zealand Rugby with Provincial Unions, 13 teams committed to the competition.

It will kick off on 22 August and feature a revised format which sees teams compete in North and South pools, with seven weeks of round robin, before two weeks of play off matches. 

Manawatu are part of the South pool along with Hawke's Bay, Wellington, Tasman, Canterbury and Otago.

NZR Head of Women’s Rugby Cate Sexton said she was delighted that players and fans alike would have an exciting competition to look forward to.

“We are heading into a celebrated time for women’s rugby, with both the Olympics and the Rugby World Cup taking place next year. We believe that the Farah Palmer Cup will provide high-quality rugby for our players in their preparations.

“The Provincial Unions have been working incredibly hard to establish and develop their women’s high performance programmes and as the game continues to grow, this competition is an exciting showcase of the women’s game,” said Sexton.

The 2020 Farah Palmer Cup will be a critical piece of preparation for the Black Ferns as they eye their defence of the Rugby World Cup on home soil in September and October next year. It is also expected to feature Black Ferns Sevens players due to the disruption of the HSBC Sevens World Series schedule.

NZR Board Member and former Black Ferns Captain Dr Farah Palmer, for whom the competition is named after, said the prospect of having New Zealand’s best women’s players in one competition would be one for fans to cherish.

“This will be an enthralling competition and just what we need as we build momentum into next year’s World Cup. I have no doubt our players will want to put their best foot forward as they strive to play in the black jersey at a home World Cup,” said Palmer.

The full draw for the 2020 Farah Palmer Cup will be unveiled in the coming weeks.