Rugby: Black Ferns veteran looking to sign off in style after historic week for women's rugby

The Black Ferns can cap off a dream week for New Zealand women's rugby with a win against France tomorrow.

Last weekend they claimed the first test which was trumped by news the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup would be staged in New Zealand.

The Stade des Alpes, nestled in the French Alps is where Linda Itunu will play her last ever Black Ferns match:

"I'm putting it all out there, if you see me tired, I've left it all on the field," Itunu told Newshub.

She'll miss playing at New Zealand's first-ever home-hosted World Cup in 2021

"I'm at peace about it and I'm hoping to finish with a bang this weekend."

Her 15 years in the team is nearly as long as veteran Captain Fiao'o Fa'amausili who's hinting at retirement too.

"I keep playing it like it's my last, so yea I'll probably leave a toenail or a fingernail on the field tomorrow," she told Newshub.

Both are legends of the game - at home as well as in the Southeast of France.

"There's a lot of people out there that recognise the girls and recognise the team and they come up and greet us and it's really friendly," Fa'amausili said.

But the second test with France will be anything but after a hard-fought bruising Kiwi win a week ago.

There's definitely going to be some big hits on the field this weekend - There's going be a lot of bruised and battered bodies again," she said.

Last week the Black Ferns were pushed around by the powerful French scrum, something not lost on coach Glenn Moore.

"Our set-piece has been one of our strengths in the past and we thought we let ourselves get rattled particularly in that first half," Moore assessed.

There'll be no room for that with the turnout in Grenoble though.

Nearly all of these 19,000 seats here have been sold, meaning it'll be the biggest crowd for women's rugby at this venue.

"Oh wow, I didn't realise they were all coming especially for me [laughs]," Itunu quirked.

Victory on Sunday would sweep the series - just the icing on the cake in a week that New Zealand also won the World Cup hosting rights.