Definition of Black Ferns in English:

Black Ferns

plural noun

  • 1The New Zealand international women's rugby union team, so called because of their team logo.

    ‘the Black Ferns play at home for the first time in two years’
    • ‘The coach of the World Cup-winning Black Ferns rugby team was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.’
    • ‘The Black Ferns gave the new coach a golden start to his tenure with a 21-10 win over Australia in the first of two rugby tests.’
    • ‘He guided the Black Ferns to a third consecutive world title.’
    • ‘The world champion Black Ferns led 8-7 at halftime in their first match since beating England to win the world title last year.’
    • ‘The team was looking forward to having the Black Ferns back on Australian soil.’
    • ‘He acknowledged her contribution to furthering the Black Ferns' place atop the world standings.’
    • ‘They aren't as strong as they were last year when they had the Black Ferns halfback.’
    • ‘She was part of the Black Ferns when they won gold at the women's rugby World Cup in 1998, 2002 and 2006.’
    1. 1.1Black Fern A member of the New Zealand international women's rugby union team.
      ‘she's a former Black Fern and twice a member of winning sides’
      • ‘At the stage I started I had some profile, because I had experience as a Black Fern, and that meant I had support and people would listen.’
      • ‘Respected the length of the country and on both sides of the house, she's Waikato Maori and a former Black Fern.’
      • ‘She was a Black Fern from 1996 to 2006 and under her captaincy, the national side lost only one match.’
      • ‘She does have a rugby background and in fact has always aspired to be a Black Fern, but the timing was never quite right.’
      • ‘The former Black Fern has pleaded for the return of precious rugby mementos stolen from her Auckland home.’
      • ‘His father Eddie, a member of Samoa's famous 1991 World Cup team, and mother Sandra, a Black Fern, ensure he and younger brother Rieko remain humble.’
      • ‘The Black Fern contributed all of her team's points.’