Chelsea Semple was desperately unlucky to miss selection in the Black Ferns World Cup winning rugby squad and she admits the disappointment of that hit her hard.


A terrible run of injuries did not help her cause but she didn’t want that as an excuse because as she said she was fit and available at the time coach Wayne Smith named the team, a team which she made her debut for way back in 2013 against England.

Being the great man he is, Smith sat down one on one with the talented midfielder to explain her omission and let her know she was very close to making it.

Chelsea with husband James on their wedding day.

An overseas holiday with her husband James Semple helped ease the pain of missing selection then great news followed with the couple expecting their first baby.

In an interview with AbsolutelyFamous this week, Chelsea said that of course she would not be playing in this year’s Super rugby competition but that hasn’t stopped her training with her Chiefs Manawa teammates.

She’s likely to be doing more comments and commentary work with Sky Sports in New Zealand, a job she did last season very well.

Chelsea has turned her back on playing this season but will still be involved in women's rugby.

Like all of us rugby fans, Chelsea is really excited about the women’s competition where she hopes it will build on the phenomenal success of this year’s rugby World Cup women’s rugby tournament and there’s bound to be an extra edge this season when it kicks off on Saturday.

Four teams feature in this year’s competition including reigning champions Chiefs Manawa who take on Hurricanes Poua at Levin while the Blues play Matatu (comprising Otago, Canterbury, Tasman) at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

Chelsea will be our guest again in a couple of weeks to review the opening games.

Listen to my (John Alexander) interview with Chelsea which I thoroughly enjoyed as she gives a great insight into the women’s game.

 It’s a real privilege to have her featuring on AbsolutelyFamous

Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.


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