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‘I’m not retiring suckers!’: How Kendra Cocksedge reacted to winning the World Cup

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Kendra Cocksedge admits the joy in the moment her Black Ferns won the World Cup had her reconsidering her plans to retire, but ultimately the Black Ferns’ most-capped-ever player finds herself satisfied with her career and in a good space to leave her playing days behind.

Cocksedge was a special guest on New Zealand Rugby’s ASB Awards show where she and her co-captain, Kennedy Simon, accepted the award of New Zealand Team of the Year on behalf of the Black Ferns squad.

She was asked if what the Black Ferns accomplished had her flirting with the idea of extending her playing career.

“It’s funny you say that,” Cockedge replied. “After the final whistle when we were celebrating, I said to the girls ‘I’m not retiring suckers!’

“But nah, I’m really content with my decision, it’s a fairytale ending for me and I guess as a player who’s been around a long time, it’s the way you want to end your career and I’m pretty happy with that.”

Safe to say winning a World Cup on home soil in front of a record number of fans certainly would qualify as a “fairytale ending” in any athlete’s book.

Cocksedge then reflected on her most proud achievements in the Black jersey and her humility again shone through, as she referred not to her all-time points record, her all-time caps record, or three World Cup victories, but to the evolution of women’s rugby.

“I think it’s probably just the growth of the game, if you can’t see her, you can’t be her,” she said.

“That’s been massive for me coming through the years of playing and we’ve got young girls and young boys watching us throughout the World Cup and you got young boys now that want to be Black Ferns.

“You’ve got young girls who know who you are, know your name when you’re walking down the street and I think that’s what’s really special about this momentum and I’m so excited to see where it goes in the next two to three years.”


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