Palmer confirmed as first female board member for New Zealand Rugby

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Three-time World Cup winner and World Rugby Hall of Fame inductee Farah Palmer has been chosen as the first female board member in the history of New Zealand Rugby (NZR), the organisation has announced.

Former Black Ferns captain Palmer succeeds Wayne Peters as the Maori representative on the board, having been unanimously elected by the 26 provincial unions and the New Zealand Maori Rugby Board (NZMRB). 

NZR chairman Brent Impey said: "I am confident that Farah's understanding of the issues facing rugby gained through roles with the Maori Rugby Board, NZR's rugby committee and work for World Rugby, as well as from an exceptional playing career, will be invaluable to the game's future and particularly that of Maori rugby.

"As well as congratulating Farah on her election, I also want to acknowledge the provincial unions for nominating and ultimately electing Farah as their Maori representative to the board.

"While Dr Palmer becomes the first woman elected to NZR's Board in its almost 125-year history, she clearly represented the best person for the role and the interests of Maori rugby."

Palmer added: "It's a great honour and privilege to be elected to an organisation that means so much to so many and plays such a fundamental role in New Zealand society.

"There are more Maori playing rugby than ever before and an unprecedented number pulling on a black jersey, whether that's with the All Blacks, Black Ferns, Sevens teams or Maori All Blacks.

"I am grateful to the provincial unions for electing me to the position and look forward to building on Wayne's enormous contribution to the game."