Harono Te Iringa was first noticed for the national side when she was still in Northland in 2015. A versatile player who can play lock, No 8 and loose forward, Te Iringa joins a growing number of Black Ferns forwards, including Eloise Blackwell, Charmaine Smith and Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate, who have begun their rugby careers in Northland.
Fast forward to 2017 and Te Iringa enjoyed a breakthrough year with the Counties Manukau Heat. Making five starts at lock and three at No 8, Te Iringa was dominant in the Heat’s Farah Palmer Cup campaign on their way to a home final against Canterbury.
Te Iringa, who started her rugby career playing for the Hora Hora Rugby Club in Northland, proved a key figure in the engine room of a seasoned and rugged Heat pack and in 2018 established herself as one of the competitions premier forwards.
Playing at lock in all eight of the Heat’s 2018 matches, Te Iringa enjoyed an outstanding season which unfortunately for her side culminated in a 52-29 defeat to Canterbury in the Farah Palmer Cup Premiership final.
Consistent form over the past two Farah Palmer Cup seasons saw Te Iringa rewarded with a Black Ferns contract for the 2019 season.