Four high school students wrote a powerful poem to get us hyped for the Women’s RWC

Headlines 23/06/2022

A group of four young female poets from Papakura High School put together a seriously impressive poem to amp us up for the Women’s Rugby World Cup.

Umisuma (Rosaline) Petelo, Pauline Kaulave, Ilhaam Sheik Freed, and Mercy Lauesi are the talented girls that made the spine-tingling poem.

The poem was used in a video for the World Cup, and you got to give it a watch.

Anō te pai! How talented are those girls?!

Our very own K’Lee saw the video at a premier and had some choice words about it.

These brave young wāhine toa have shown us the power in words and that when we trust and support our up and coming creators they thrive.

“What they have produced is truly moving and I am honoured to have been a part of their journey and to support the women’s Rugby World Cup kaupapa," she said. 

Michelle Hooper, the Rugby World Cup 2021 Tournament Director is extremely proud of the girls and ecstatic with the poem.

The four young women from Papakura High School have captured the essence and spirit of women’s rugby in such a dynamic and poignant way.

“We are delighted with what has been created, the video will inspire all who watch it, to show their support for our wāhine competing in the Rugby World Cup 2021 and those playing rugby in every corner of the world, this is for you,” she finished. 

The tournament kicks off on November 8th with a triple header at Eden Park.

South Africa will play France, then Fiji plays England before our very own Black Ferns take on the old foe Australia to end the night.

Organisers are hoping for a sell-out at this opening day, and we think that would be awesome.

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