Rugby World Cup: Black Ferns players present Henderson Intermediate students with ASB Bank all-access passes

With less than two weeks until the Rugby World Cup kicks off at Auckland, the Black Ferns are encouraging local school kids to come watch the national team defend their world crown on home soil.

New Zealand will host 12 of the world's best women's teams for the tournament, which culminates with the final on November 12, and ASB Bank has provided selected schools with 15,000 all-access passes, including transport, food and beverages on gameday.

The Project visited Henderson Intermediate with Black Ferns stars Theresa Fitzpatrick, Ariana Bayler and Tayna Kalounivale, who announced the good news to students.

"It was a really unexpected surprise... the whole school," said deputy head girl Valencia Fa'aletatau. "I know a lot of people at our school, if it weren't for this, they wouldn't be able to go."

Said deputy principal Julie-Ann Thumath: "Today just meant so much to our students.

"It's not often, if ever, they get to meet professional athletes in person to try and build that confidence in our girls. The Black Ferns are the perfect role models to show them anything is possible."

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