A key cog of the successful Auckland Storm front-row since she debuted as an 18 year old in 2008, Aleisha-Pearl Nelson has now established herself as a vital member of the Black Ferns.
The tighthead prop debuted for her country in 2012 on the tour of England and has now racked up 26 Test caps with her powerful scrummaging and technically adroit work in the rucks and mauls.
In recent times, she has vied for the No 3 jersey with provincial teammate Aldora Itunu, but still appeared in six games last season, starting against Canada in New Zealand and Hong Kong at the Women’s Rugby World Cup. She added impact off the bench in the dramatic victory over England in the final.
Just weeks later, Nelson brought up her 50th game for the Storm. She has come a long way from the raw teenager who entered first-class rugby. She knows her way to the tryline too, chalking up 12 tries for the Storm. The Ponsonby bookend started the last five games of the 2017 Storm campaign and now has 54 provincial caps to her credit.
Away from rugby, Nelson is a registered nurse.
2012 v England
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