Justine Lavea

A seasoned Black Ferns campaigner after a decade in the black jersey, Justine Lavea is a vital part of the team's loose forward contingent.

Defence is a big part of Lavea's appeal for successive Black Ferns Coach, with a strong tackle complementing her powerful fend. She is one of a very small group of Black Ferns to have played over 30 Tests and was a vital part of the International Women's Rugby Series and Women's Rugby World Cup campaigns in 2014 - Lavea started sevens Tests in that year and came off the bench in the loss against Ireland in France.

Lavea made her Auckland debut in 2004 - the same year that she made her Test debut against Canada. In 2011 Lavea made her 50th appearance in her provincial side's blue and whites and at the end of 2014 had 70 provincial games to her credit. In January 2015 she captained the Auckland women's sevens side to National Sevens glory.

Loose Forward
1.75m, 74kg
Test Debut:
2004 v Canada
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Career Comments

  • Representative teams:

    Black Ferns (2005-06, 2008 – present)
    New Zealand Womens Sevens (2007)
    Auckland (2006 – present )


    Rugby ground: Liston Park
    Rugby player and why: Tammi Wilson - ran just like Christian Cullen
    Earliest rugby memories: watching the All Blacks when I was really young with my family
    Biggest influence on your rugby career and why: Darryl Suasua – from a very young age he saw the potential in me, when all I wanted to do was play footy with my friends. He has always been honest with me and always ready to help others  
    Food: Mum's chop suey and pork curry
    Actor/Actress: Kevin Hary
    Movie: Love and Basketball, Pitch Perfect
    Book: Telesa Trilogy
    Singer/Band/Music type: Beyonce, Aaradna, Eva Lathum, Fiji, Old School r&b
    Holiday destination: Samoa, Thailand
    Non-rugby sports team: Brisbane Broncos
    If you could meet one person, who would it be and why: Ellen Degeneres
    I hate it when … people fart in public 
    I can’t live without … Coffee
    If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be … a dancer