Anna Richards

Rugby ace Anna Richards on Black Ferns' career: 'It was for love, not money'

Instead, she lodged it in her bank account. And there it has stayed.

Richards, one of New Zealand’s greatest female rugby players, recalls the momentous moment she was told she would be compensated for sacrificing time to attend a training camp.

Then the cash rolled in.

“The first time I got paid by the NZRFU (as NZ Rugby was previously known) was, I think, in ‘92 or ‘93, at a regional camp, and I was paid $5 a day for a three-day camp,’’ Richards recalled.

“I actually banked that money, and I think it is still there. That is actually a true story.’’