Sarah Hirini

Tudor announces new partnership with Sarah Hirini

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Since becoming one of New Zealand’s first contracted female rugby player in 2013, Sarah Hirini has enjoyed a glittering career that has seen her reach extraordinary heights in both codes of the sport.  A fearless competitor, she has always pushed the boundaries of her sport and will continue to do so in 2022 where she aims to compete at both Rugby World Cup 7s and Rugby World Cup 2021. Away from the rugby field Sarah pursues her passion of inspiring young people to excel as she works tirelessly to support the next generation.

It has become an annual tradition for Chopard Manufacture to honour Mexican culture with a timepiece specially dedicated to the Day of the Dead festivities. This year, a one-of-a-kind L.U.C Full Strike minute repeater model appears adorned with Mexican motifs. The L.U.C Full Strike 'Día de los Muertos' is crafted in ethical 18-carat white gold, with an entirely hand-engraved case topped by a bezel set with baguette-cut sapphires and framing a dial with the iconic Calavera skull symbol. It is also equipped with L.U.C Calibre 08.01-L, through which Chopard Manufacture has been demonstrating its perfect mastery of the minute repeater mechanism since 2016. Its sapphire gongs produce a sound that is unique in the world, boasting a purity and clarity hailed in 2017 by the “Aiguille d'Or” best-in-show prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. The combination of this regal horological complication with such an advanced and original design is a first, embodying a degree of excellence rewarded by the extremely prestigious ‘Poinçon de Genève’ quality hallmark. The L.U.C Full Strike 'Día de los Muertos' thus reveals another facet of the L.U.C collection: a capacity for boldness, for springing surprises and for pushing Haute Horlogerie to new limits.

An exciting future lies ahead for the Black Ferns XVs and 7s teams, who comprise of New Zealand’s premier elite female players.  The next 18 months will see the teams competing on the world stage in both formats of rugby as they continue on their journey to greatness.

TUDOR proudly partners with World Rugby and New Zealand Rugby through the All Blacks and Black Ferns XVs and 7s teams. Sharing many of the values that sit at the heart of rugby, TUDOR truly understands the uncompromising spirit and bold nature of the sport. TUDOR has set the benchmark for innovative watchmaking since its inception and this is an approach shared by the teams and individuals TUDOR is in partnership with.

Sarah Hirini
Sarah Hirini

As rugby continues to grow globally, with 2.7millions women and girls now playing the sport, TUDOR will be celebrating the daring nature of the world’s best female players, highlighting the dedication and commitment that allows them to prosper both on and off the field of play. The insights into the lives of these incredible athletes as they boldly push the limits to achieve the extraordinary, will serve to inspire the next generation to pick up a rugby ball and ignite their passion for this great sport.

Rugby World Cups

In September 2022, all eyes turn to the picturesque city of Cape Town which will host the fourth edition of Rugby World Cup 7s. Here the Blacks Ferns 7s team defend the trophy they won four years ago  in San Francisco as they battle the world’s best players across three days of exciting competition against fifteen other nations. With fewer players on a full-size rugby pitch, the sport of Rugby Sevens allows players to display their daring spirit, thirst for adventure and supreme levels of skill and speed.

Sarah Hirini
Sarah Hirini

A month later Rugby World Cup 2021, delayed by a year until 2022, will be played for the first time in New Zealand and the Black Ferns will draw on their heritage as they look to triumph for an unprecedented sixth time. With fifteen players gracing the field for each team in rugby’s traditional format, you will see greater power and structure on display. Not only will this event showcase the world’s best players but it will also serve as a celebration of how the popularity of rugby has grown amongst the female audience, as they inspire the next generation of players.

About Black Ferns

The Black Ferns are New Zealand’s senior women’s rugby team and the most dominant team in women’s rugby with Women’s Rugby World Cup titles in 1998, 2002 2006, 2010 and 2017. They have one of the best winning percentages in international rugby, with victory in close to 90 percent of their Tests. The Black Ferns successful 2017 season was a landmark one for women’s rugby with the Black Ferns becoming the first women’s team to ever be named the World Rugby Team of the Year.

A New Zealand women’s selection first took the field in 1989 and competed at the 1991 Women’s Rugby World Cup. The Black Ferns have competed in the inaugural Super Series competition in San Diego. The competition is played between the top five ranked teams in the world which includes England, Canada, France and the USA.

Sarah Hirini

About Sarah Hirini

Sarah Hirini, who is of Ngāti Kahungunu (Māori iwi) descent, is passionate about inspiring young people to excel. She’s an advocate for women’s rugby and the growth of women’s sport. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree, is a player representative on the NZ Rugby Players Association Board, is an avid surfer and loves getting outdoors with husband Conor and their dog Booker. Sarah is one of the most well-respected and feared players in International rugby.

As captain of the Black Ferns sevens team, she has built a reputation as an outstanding leader, hard-working forward and humble character.

Sarah Hirini

Since becoming one of the first New Zealand Rugby contracted professional female players in 2013, Sarah’s career has gone from strength to strength, resulting in numerous accolades and bulging trophy cabinet.

Sarah led New Zealand to the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, beginning a remarkable run of success. She briefly switched to 15s in 2017 and played a key role in New Zealand winning the World Cup in Ireland, before guiding the Black Ferns sevens to an outstanding double – the gold medal at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and the Sevens World Cup in San Francisco just three months later.

Sarah Hirini

In 2019, she became the first player on the women’s World Sevens Series to play 200 matches and was the first woman to win the Tom French Memorial Māori player of the year at the New Zealand Rugby awards.

Sarah’s standing at the top of the game has also been recognised as four time nominee for World Rugby’s sevens player of the year.

Sarah was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rugby, in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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