They say you should never meet your heroes, but we couldn't disagree more. Alas, our Eagles Camp invitation seems to be lost in the mail, so we'll have to settle for being mad inspired by these badass heroes instead of taking the pitch with them.
The Black Ferns
Do they really need an introduction? Seriously though. The Black Ferns are NZ's senior women's rugby team, and the most successful squad running, claiming Women's Rugby World Cup titles in 1998, 2002 2006, 2010 and 2017. They have one of the best winning percentages in international rugby, chalking up a victory in close to 90 percent of their tests. They're a formidable force in every way. and their program, style, drive, and culture of commitment inspires us every day to up our game. They're also the current home of Portia Woodman, someone who we really wouldn't mind waking up as tomorrow.
Originally from Canada, Jordan Gray began playing rugby at Centennial HS in YYC (YAAAAAS!) before heading south for Uni. She played on the U.S.’ U20 National team in 2012 and 2013, earned First Team All-America honors in 2014 and was one of only seven college rugby players named to the Super Series in 2015, earning 3 caps at No. 8. She was named “College Player of the Year” by Rugby Breakdown in 2016 when she made her USA Rugby debut. She made her HSBC Series debut during Japan 7s in 2017 and earned a place on the Eagles roster for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
Originally from Fiji, Ellia Green is a dynamic asset on the Australian Women's 7's squad, and won a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Previously a track athlete, she represented Aus in the 100m, 200m and long jump at the World Junior Championships before turning her hand to rugby, which explains a lot when you watch her play. She went viral after scoring an 80-metre try against Canada in the three-match exhibition series at the Gold Coast Sevens, a match broadcast live on Fox Sports. Within four hours, the try had been viewed over 200,000 times on the IRB Sevens World Series Facebook page.