Selica Winiata is a star of the women’s game in both fifteens and sevens, regularly exposing weaknesses in her opponents’ defensive systems with deceptive speed and power. Nicknamed “Shorty” as reference to her relatively small frame on the rugby field, Winiata holds both tryscoring and pointsscoring records in the Farah Palmer Cup.
Four years after her 2008 debut for the Black Ferns, Winiata returned in 2012. She was a Black Fern again in 2013 and in 2014 featured in all nine Tests. The Manawatu police constable was part of the Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens-winning New Zealand side in 2013 and has established herself as a regular selection in that squad. Winiata starred on the Black Ferns unbeaten Northern Tour in 2016 with four tries across three Test matches against England, Canada and Ireland.
The Manawatu police woman was part of the Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens-winning New Zealand side in 2013. Four years after her 2008 debut for the Black Ferns, Winiata returned in 2012 to take on England in all three Tests and score a try at Twickenham. She was a Black Fern again in 2013 and in 2014 featured in all nine Tests in the International Women's Rugby Series and Women's Rugby World Cup. She scored 13 tries in 2014, including five in the Test against Samoa at Eden Park.
National responsibilities restricted her appearances for the Manawatu Cylclones in the 2014 Women's Provincial Championship but she still managed to appear four times at fullback taking her total number of appearances at provincial level to 59 at the end of that season.
In 2013, Winiata earned the inaugural SKY Television Fans Try of the Year with a scything, last-minute, length-of-the-field try in the second Black Ferns v England match.
Black Ferns (2008-present)
Black Ferns Sevens (2008-09, 2013-16)
Rugby ground: FMG Stadium - Manawatu
Rugby player: Piri Weepu
Biggest influence on your rugby career: Farah Palmer
Movie: Law Abiding Citizen
Singer/Band/Music Type: R&B, Reggae
Holiday destination: Hawaii
2008 v Australia
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