Rugby World Cup: Black Ferns star Theresa Fitzpatrick follows 'cultural journey' into international rugby

  • 05/11/2022

Black Ferns star Theresa Fitzpatrick brings a diverse heritage to the Rugby World Cup and is determined to represent her culture on the biggest stage in women's rugby.

"I'm Samoan-Chinese-NZ European," she said. "I'm a proud Samoan lady and I love to embrace my culture as best I can.

"I'm still on a cultural journey, trying to connect to my roots and represent my Samoan culture.

"The sacrifices that my grandparents made to come to New Zealand to start a new life here and everything that my parents have done to get me in this position... I strive to make them proud and give back to them."

Fitzpatrick, 27, carries that pursuit of knowledge off the field, where she studies a Bachelor of Health Science at Auckland University.

"With my interest in health, the more I learn about the socio-economic factors and the statistics for my Pacific community in particular, I just want to make a difference."

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