Rugby Sevens: Black Ferns Sevens star Jorja Miller signs groundbreaking long-term deal

Jorja Miller.
Jorja Miller. Photo credit: Getty Images

Breakthrough sevens star Jorja Miller has signed the longest contract by a woman in New Zealand, committing to NZ Rugby through until the end of 2027.

The four-year deal will keep Miller, 19, with the Black Ferns Sevens for next year's Paris Olympics, where they'll try to defend their gold from Tokyo 2020.  

Miller exploded on the international scene during last year's World Cup Sevens, playing in all seven legs of the competition, en route to being named Sevens Rookie of the Year by World Rugby.

"We've got such a big legacy in this team, so being part of continuing that by locking in long-term contract, it shows the pathway that there is in the women's game," said Miller.

"I've got a lot more to give to this team and this game. I'm excited to keep growing on and off the field, and I have a drive to really change the game.

"I want to bring a different style and be a different athlete."

The Timaru native was named in the tournament 'Dream Team' on four occasions, was player of the final at Sydney and played a key hand in the Black Ferns Sevens' dominant run to the title.

NZ Rugby says Miller's deal is the first of several contracts that will secure the future talent of the programme over the coming seasons.

Black Ferns Sevens coach Cory Sweeney says Miller is a player with a massive future ahead.

"We have seen in just her first season the potential Jorja has," said Sweeney.  

"She is one of several impressive young ladies we have in our team who will be integral to our future success."