Though she originally comes from New Plymouth, Kendra Cocksedge is very much a Cantabrian for her rugby, having made her mark with the South Island province.
She was first recognised in 2006 with selection for the Taranaki and Hurricanes Schools, where her intuitive halfback play, allround skills and goalkicking ability first came to the fore.
Now an integral member of the Black Ferns, she was awarded World Rugby women’s player of the year in 2015, the same season she was named New Zealand Rugby women’s player of the year, mainly for her sterling displays in the Women’s Super Series in Canada.
Since debuting for the Black Ferns in 2007 as a teenager, Cocksedge has gone on to win two Women’s Rugby World Cups, in 2010 and 2017, as well as clinching a RWC Sevens crown in 2013, playing three tournaments in all for the Black Ferns Sevens.
For Canterbury, (where she is also a women’s rugby development officer) Cocksedge holds a raft of records, including most tries (43) and most points (684). She took special pride in winning her first Farah Palmer Cup title in 2017.
Cocksedge represented the Central Hinds in cricket back in 2008.