Female Rugby is one of the fastest growing girls sports in the country. A shame we don't get more on TV. Here are our top 4 school girl rugby players for 2015...
In August, Southern Cross Campus captain and power-forward Moana Fineaso-Levi played a leading role in helping her school defend the Auckland Girls First XV final, regularly breaking the line and scoring a try her team’s come-from-behind 30-20 win over Otahuhu College. A week later she was named as the only schoolgirl in the 26-strong Auckland Storm squad. Although she didn’t make her Womens NPC debut – the team was laden with seasoned veterans and Black Ferns and swept to the title – her time will come.
Porirua College Year 11 student Ayesha Leti-I'iga started in all eight games on the left wing for the Wellington Pride Women’s NPC team this year, including in the final against Auckland in October. Known as ‘Baby’, the youngest member of the Pride impressed with her effervescent attitude and speed off the mark. As well as playing for her school, Ayesha played a full season of senior rugby for the Oriental-Rongotai club in Wellington, scoring 17 tries. She was College Sport Wellington’s Girls’ Rugby Player of the Year.
Year 12 Southland Girls’ High School player Alena Saili has her sights set on a big future in the game. Her rugby year started in January, playing for the Southland senior team at the National Sevens in Rotorua. She’s been playing 15s since she was little, with relations Frances and Peter role models to aspire to. With pace and fast footwork, she led Southland against Hamilton Girls’ High School at the National Top 4 semi-finals. She has also represented New Zealand in Touch.
Terina Te Tamaki
The captain of the Hamilton Girls’ High School First XV guided her team to a second consecutive National Top Four title. Hamilton won all 13 games in 2015 and scored 685 points. Te Tamaki, known as “Lil T” to her teammates, is a devastating openside flanker noted for his robust running and punishing defence. She has represented the Waikato senior women's team, making three appearances in this year’s Women’s NPC, and is an accomplished touch player and a candidate to play Sevens rugby for New Zealand sooner rather than later.
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