Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate is versatile, strong and has excellent ball-carrying skills for a front row forward. She made a huge contribution as Counties Manukau claimed the inaugural Farah Palmer Cup in 2016, scoring five tries across the season, including one on the end of a strong run in the Final.
Ngata-Aerengamate made her Black Ferns debut in 2014 and impressed the coaches sufficiently to earn a place at the Women’s Rugby World Cup in France. She played in five Tests in her first season. She is useful squad member because of her versatility and can play hooker, prop or loose forward.
Ngata-Aerengamate has studied for a Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in Physical Education at Auckland University and is one of several Black Ferns in the squad to have played for the Ponsonby Club.
Representative Teams New Zealand Blackferns 2014-present
Favourite rugby ground Ecolight stadium Counties in Pukekohe
Favourite rugby player and why... Davida White because she is ruthless and very inspirational. She played number 7 for the Blackferns and has been my coach for the past 4 years. I am very grateful to know this woman. She is honestly AMAZING ! Love her so much :)
Earliest or best rugby memory... Under 6 rugby with the boys, playing for Waitakere out west Auckland. I remember the passion I had back then to play alongside my boy cousins. My uncle was the coach and my parents took me to every training, rain hail or shine. I miss them days.
Biggest influence on your rugby and why... My Dad and Mum. They have been my rock. Day and night praying for me, coming to my games, whether it was close to home or down the country. They are strong believers in God and have constantly reminded me of his love. I pray before every game for no injuries and just having a fun :) I feel like i have super powers after I say my karakia :) Being in the Blackferns has been a dream come true. I wouldn't be in this position without the love and support from my family and the faith my parents have instilled in me.
Last song you had on repeat... Come inside my heart- (Movie: Lifted)
Favourite non-rugby sports team... Kiwi Ferns
Sporting hero... Valerie Adams
If you could meet one person, who would it be and why... Michael Jackson- so I can learn his dance moves and sing with him.
"I hate it when..." Ants scatter !!!!!!!!! cringe
"If I wasn't a rugby player, I would be..." A Tennis Player
v Australia, 2014
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