Selica Winiata is a mainstay of the Black Ferns, her pace from fullback and on the counter making her a feared opponent.
She debuted for the Manawatu Cyclones in 2001 when she was just 14 and still at Freyberg High School, and has gone on to set myriad records for her province. Her 62 tries are a Farah Palmer Cup championship record, while she has gone on to rack up 71 games and 398 points for the Cyclones. Her 110 points in 2012 is a championship record.
Winiata debuted for the Black Ferns in 2008 and her 35 Test tries, from just 31 internationals, are second only to Vanessa Cootes. In 2016 she was in imperious and prolific tryscoring form, winning the NZ Rugby women’s player of the year gong, while last season she crossed for a double in the WRWC final against England, following her hat-trick in the victory over Wales. In 2013 her try against England at Eden Park was voted the fans’ try of the year.
Winiata, a policewoman, also appeared in 15 tournaments for the Black Ferns Sevens from 2008-16.
Her younger sister Kylie played five games as a halfback for Manawatu from 2009-12.
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