Georgia has the Rugby World Cup on her mind

12 September 2022 | News

Black Fern Georgia Ponsonby’s rugby journey led her to Lincoln, where her sporting career took off with a Sports Scholarship, and she began another in rural valuation.

Georgia will be at the Lincoln University Graduation Celebration on 23 September to don regalia and be congratulated on achieving her Bachelor of Land and Property Management degree in front of friends and family.

She has the Rugby World Cup in her sights, which will be played in New Zealand next month, but has also secured a place in the ASB FutureMe Rural Banking Grad programme. She fits that in on a Wednesday, her only day off from training with the Black Ferns (as she is on a full-time contract). 

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"My aspirations are to win a world cup on home soil, to have a long and prosperous career in the black jersey, to be a rural manager for ASB and to one day get my valuation certificate," she said.

She grew up on a sheep and beef high country station near Taihape in the Central North Island, and was drawn south because of the sporting opportunities.

"I boarded at Feilding High School before deciding to come down to Lincoln purely because one of my friends told me I should.

"Uni didn't really interest me until then but I applied for the Lincoln rugby scholarship and got it, which helped me make up my mind.

"I wanted to be involved in the ag industry but had no idea what I wanted to study so started off doing a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture) degree but after the first semester, decided valuation interested me and so switched to a Bachelor of Land and Property Management with a Rural Valuation major.”

Georgia, a front rower, debuted for Manawatū in the Farah Palmer Cup in 2017, while still at school.

When she came Lincoln she joined the Canterbury team, impressing the national selectors, and making her Black Ferns off the bench against France in Pau in 2021.