Olympic Gold Medalist and Women’s Rugby World Cup Champion Shares Knowledge with Local Talent

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Theresa Matauaina Fitzpatrick joins the No Idea Club training session. Photos: Lakapi Samoa Development.

Source: Lakapi Samoa Development. While in Samoa for a visit, Samoa Olympic Gold Medalist and 2021 Women’s World Cup Champion, Theresa Matauaina Fitzpatrick spends time with local talent and members of the Lakapi Samoa High Performance Unit Development.

Theresa inspired up and coming development squad members for women’s rugby when she joined a training session to share her rugby knowledge and experience with local talent.

The 27 year old joined the No Idea Women’s Team training session on Wednesday afternoon.

Fitzpatrick is the younger sister of current Silver Fern and Samoan sevens player Sulu Tone-Fitzpatrick.

She was named in the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup squad and was part of the winning team of the 2019 Women’s Rugby Super Series.

On 3 November 2021, She was named in the Blues squad for the inaugural Super Rugby Aupiki competition.

Theresa was named in the Blues starting line up for their first game against Matatū, where they won 21–10.

Fitzpatrick was named in the Black Ferns Sevens squad for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.She won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games.

In August 2022, she was selected in Black Ferns XV’s team for the test series against Australia for the Laurie O’Reilly Cup. She made the Black Ferns 32-player squad for the delayed 2021 Rugby World Cup.

Theresa scored a try in the second pool game against Wales. Her second try came in the final pool game against Scotland.

Fitzpatrick also scored a try in the Black Ferns nail-biting semifinal clash with France as they fought their way into the final.