Rugby World Cup: Divided loyalties among Australia Wallaroos supporters in trans-Tasman rivalry

  • 18/10/2022

Australia captain Shannon Parry is never sure who her family will support, whenever the Wallaroos take on the Black Ferns in their trans-Tasman rivalry.

"I have a New Zealand father, so footy was always on the TV," she said. "I kind of fell into it as an 18-year-old."

Parry, 32, is one of Australia's most decorated players - men or women - captaining them for two World Cup 15s campaigns and the 2016 Olympic sevens triumph, but her Kiwi heritage creates some divided loyalty within her own support crew.

The two nations have already met four times this year, including their opening World Cup pool match at a soldout Eden Park, with the NZ women sweeping all four. Parry hopes for one more meeting before the tournament is done.

"My dad is going up to the family property to be based up there and they'll be here [New Zealand] for the whole time," she said. "Hopefully, we can get the job done and meet in the final.

"I don't know if the rellies will be wearing green-and-gold, but my parents will be, for sure."

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