Rugby’s loss is football’s gain for new Ferns forward Indiah-Paige Riley

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The Football Ferns’ latest recruit has revealed her first sporting interest was rugby.

Indiah-Paige Riley says growing up in New Zealand meant she played rugby until she was 12, when she switched to football.

The 20-year-old forward, who plays her club football for Danish champions Fortuna Hjorring, was drafted into the New Zealand Football Ferns for their two September international friendlies, against Mexico and the Phillipines.

She had previous played for Australia at age group and full international level but decided to change her allegiance to the country of her birth.

Meanwhile, the Auckland-born player has told Australia’s Optus Sport channel of her hopes for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and shared insights of her life in Denmark. She also tells of her switch from rugby to football …

What the Women’s World Cup means to Riley

On her Football Ferns debut

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