Black Ferns joker Ruby Tui cracks up PM with ‘Ardern’ pun
Ruby Tui made Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern laugh after she used her surname to joke about a potential future in politics.
Tui, a jokester for the Black Ferns squad ahead of the Rugby World Cup this weekend, posted a video on social media of her and her teammates with Ardern last night.
Sitting next to the Prime Minister, Tui – using a heavy accent – prepares her joke for “Aunty Cindy”.
“I was just wondering, when you’re done being prime minister, can you give me Ardern? [a turn?]”
The punchline elicited a laugh before Ardern gave his approval, leading Tui to let out a victorious “yes” in response.
The lighthearted moment came after Ardern, in his role as Prime Minister, spoke fondly of the Black Ferns during a stand-up with the media yesterday after revealing she would not be able to attend tomorrow’s final at Eden Park because of his duties.
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“They mean so much to us as a country and I’ve been inspired for a number of years by them as a team and what they stand for,” she said.
“But I’m going to see them now so I can at least share my support and best wishes with them for a really big week.
“We are so proud of them and we have been for a long time, long before this World Cup.
“They are tenacious and incredible sportsmen both in the way they play but also off the pitch.”
Ardern also had kind words for Tui.
“After a game, seeing Ruby Tui there for a very long time wanting to sign every shirt or ball or thing that’s presented to her because she doesn’t want anyone to miss – that’s the kind of spirit you see through all these players.
“I think they’re an incredible team and they deserve all our support.”
The Black Ferns take on England in tomorrow night’s final at Eden Park, which kicks off at 7.30pm.