Schoolgirls selected in New Zealand age group sevens squads     12 Dec 2017    

Players attended trials across the country in October after a nomination process was completed by secondary schools.


A total of 54 players were selected to be part of the wider training group and played in several regional sevens tournaments over the past eight weeks before the final squads were selected.

New Zealand Rugby’s Talent Development Sevens Manager Chad Tuoro said the selection process had been extensive.

“The nomination process allowed us to engage with non-rugby players from other sports who had the athletic attributes we were looking for.

“The teams assemble in Auckland today which is also the start of our preparation for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina next October. We will be aiming to qualify at the Oceania Qualifier in Sydney next April,” said Tuoro.

The New Zealand Under 17 and Under 18 teams will come up against opposition from Australia, Samoa, Japan and Tonga at this weekend’s World School Sevens tournament. SKY will be broadcasting on Sky Sport 1 from 12.30pm. 

New Zealand Under 18 Girls Sevens

Amy du Plessis
Aroranga Tauranga
Carys Dallinger
Georgia Ponsonby
Grace Brooker
Hannah Brough
Isla Norman-Bell
Islay Fowler
Ivamere Livani
Kororia Heyblom
Melanie Puckett
Rina Paraone
Sydnee Wilkins
Utumalama Atonio
Southland Girls' High School
Hamilton Girls' High School
Manukura School
Feilding High School
Christchurch Girls' High School
Te Kuiti High School
Howick College
University of Otago Rugby Club
Howick College
Rangiuru Rugby Club
St Margaret's College
University of Waikato Rugby Club
Motueka High School
Rosehill College

Unavailable for selection: Ora Williams (Rotoiti Rugby Club), Lyric Faleafaga (St Mary's College), Ainsleyanna Puletua (St Mary's College), Seria Murray-Wihongi (Whangarei Girl's High School)

New Zealand Under 17 Girls Sevens

Azalleyah Maaka
Dhys Falefaga
Iritana Hohaia
Isabella Carter
Jazmin Hotham
Kalyn Takitimu-Cook
Mahina Alex Paul
Montessa Tairakena
Risaleaana Pouri-Lane
Tiana Davison
Tynealle Fitzgerald
Lonita Ngalu
Lasalle Lefale
Brooke Neilson
Gisborne Girls' High School
St Mary's College
Opunake High School
Rangi Ruru Girls' School
Hamilton Girls' High School
Manukura School
St Kentigern College
Hamilton Girls' High School
Motueka High School
Sacred Heart Girls' College
Trident High School
Hamilton Girls' High School
Howick College
New Plymouth Girls' High School