Wallaroos to wear black armbands to honour former Wallaroo Fortune

by RUGBY.com.au staff

The Wallaroos will wear black armbands in next week's Bledisloe double header, honouring recently passed former Wallaroo Mieke Fortune.

Fortune, 41, passed away this week after a battle with breast cancer, leaving behind a lasting rugby legacy.

The lock made her debut in 1996 and went on to play 10 Tests for Australia, playing club rugby for the University of Queensland and representing Queensland as well.

After retiring, Fortune and husband Graham moved to the Sunshine Coast and began a wholesale production nursery.

Mieke Fortune was a Wallaroos pioneer. Photo: SuppliedThe Fortune family had been flooded with support from friends, family and the wider rugby community throughout Mieke's battle, a reflection of the esteem in which she is held.

Rugby AU CEO Raelene Castle paid tribute to Fortune upon news of her death.

“Being the 34th capped Wallaroo, Mieke was one of the pioneers of women’s rugby within Australia," she said.

“She will be remembered by those who knew her for her passion for rugby, the country and farming, and her brave battle has provided inspiration for many who will sorely miss her.”

Fortune is survived by Graham and their three children.

The Wallaroos take on the Black Ferns at ANZ Stadium on Saturday August 18, kicking off at 5:15pm AEST.