Former Black Fern Kristina Sue has welcomed the results of the long-awaited team culture review.
“I think it’s timely in a way that this review and this report highlights the deeper issues in rugby for women,” Sue told Breakfast.
The results of the review were released by New Zealand Rugby on Monday afternoon. It was taken following serious allegations by veteran hooker Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate about the team environment under head coach Glenn Moore after the side’s Northern Tour last year.
The report found that there was no clear and consistent high performance vision and that this needed to be addressed.
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There were gaps in management due to a lack of “robust recruitment and training”, and the Black Ferns needed to “create a safe and inclusive culture, gender and sexuality environment”.
The Black Ferns needed to focus more on the rights, cultural and social needs of players and management.
There were 26 recommendations from the judging panel, including education and a focus on a “safe” workplace, communication strategies and personal development plans for players.
“We’re in an area now where women’s rugby is becoming professional… There are areas that need improvement and when you’re dealing with that professionalism of the sport there needs to be support and resources around the game as a whole and certainly at the Speaking being present As far as culture goes, there’s a difference between performance culture and understanding what it means to engage in those tough conversations about selection…to culture within an environment that can be run top-down,” mused sue
When asked by Breakfast’s Jenny-May Clarkson how to do it right to keep building the game, Sue replied: “We’re talking about a deeper issue of women in sports here. You look at Sport New Zealand, the percentage they want a 40% level of governance. You look at the NZ rugby structure, there are two women on a board that is nine people and that’s only 11 %.
“Then you look at NZ Rugby in terms of management and one of the recommendations is to ensure that cultural and gender diversity is adequately represented in leadership roles and you look at the current status of teams in New Zealand, it there are currently 19 elite bosses coaching positions in women’s football…there are two female head coaches in those roles.
“Yes, coaches should be chosen on merit, but it also takes resources, there needs to be development. There actually needs to be a strategic plan to ensure that there are opportunities in our game, not just as athletes, but for all other people and whatever else wants to get involved in our game and that it’s fair and just.”