Presented in the year of the Rugby World Cup, a new taonga recognises the three stalwart women’s clubs in Auckland rugby, Newsroom reveals. And it’s been gifted by a wahine who’s also a treasure of the game. Chantal “Shorty” Bakersmith, a former Filly and Auckland Storm second-five, decided there should be a taonga to celebrate the three truly dominant clubs in Auckland women’s history, especially in the year the Rugby World Cup will finally be played in Aotearoa. Bakersmith, who’s a lecturer and academic leader at Te Whare Wānanga O Wairaka (Unitec) and will be a team liaison at the Rugby World Cup, introduced the Kaha Cup to the Auckland competition this season.

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