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Daughter of former All Black Joseph makes New Zealand debut

Daughter of former All Black Joseph makes New Zealand debut

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Former All Black and coach Jamie Joseph becomes the proud father of a New Zealand international after his daughter was selected in her first Black Ferns team.

Maia Joseph was named starting scrumhalf in the matchday squad to play the United States in Hamilton on Saturday, along with uncapped lock Maama Vaipulu.

Flyhalf Hannah King is also hoping to make her international debut off the bench.

Maia Joseph’s selection continues the legacy of a family with deep roots in New Zealand rugby.

Her father, a tough flanker, played 20 times for New Zealand and nine times for Japan before becoming a successful coach in Super Rugby and guiding Japan to their first quarter-final appearance at their home World Cup in 2019.

Jamie Joseph’s father Jim also played rugby at the highest level, representing New Zealand’s Maori.

Maia Joseph was recently named rookie of the year for her Christchurch club Matatu in Super Rugby Aupiki, New Zealand’s top national women’s competition.

The 21-year-old said her father had always given her good advice without ‘bombarding’ her with rugby wisdom.

“The help that has been most significant, I think, is the mental side of rugby,” she told reporters.

“Especially now that it’s professional and it’s a job for me, that’s definitely the area that has helped me the most.”

The world champion Black Ferns, the most dominant team in international women’s rugby, also play Canada and Australia in the Pacific Four series this month.