Sosoli Talawadua joined the Black Ferns during the 2016 International Series as injury cover following on from a solid campaign with Waikato in the Farah Palmer Cup.
Sos, as she is sometimes known, made her Test debut from the bench against the Irish in Dublin and established herself as a squad member in 2017.
Originally from Wanganui, Talawadua was named in the Black Ferns 2015 squad for the International Super Series in Canada but didn’t take the field. She had been one of the standout players when Waikato made the 2014 Final and in her first three seasons at first class level has shown her versatility and utility as a squad member with her ability to play at either hooker or prop.
Favourite rugby ground FMG Stadium Waikato in Hamilton
Favourite rugby player and why... Dane Coles - has the pace of a loosie and the footwork of a back. Electrifying every time he gets the ball. Makes the right decisions on the field.
Biggest influence on your rugby and why... Crystal Kaua - her passion and drive for the game comes through in her coaching style and she has helped install in me the values to be the best rugby player i can be and to never give up on the search of a dream :)
Last song you had on repeat... Sing to you
Favourite non-rugby sports team... Silver Ferns
Sporting hero... Crystal Kaua
If you could meet one person, who would it be and why... Mohammad Ali - Best boxer of all time!