Linda Itunu has consistently impressed for the Black Ferns since making her debut as 18-year old against the World XV, a year after playing for Auckland Secondary Schools. She was part of two Women's Rugby World Cup campaigns, securing success in 2006 and 2010.
Although more recently seen in action for the New Zealand Women’s Sevens team, Itunu’s 21 Tests heading to France makes her one of the senior players in the squad and she will contribute the benefit of her experience in Moscow claiming a Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens title as the side builds towards France.
She is a powerhouse on defence as evidenced by a YouTube clip that went viral, replaying her bone-crunching tackle on Canadian Sevens star Mandy Marchak during the 2013 Houston tournament.
2003 v World XV