Huriana Manuel rejoined the Black Ferns in 2014 after last playing for the team in 2010 at the Women’s Rugby World Cup in England, in what was her sixth campaign with the squad.
Manuel is one of the stars of the international women’s sevens game and led the New Zealand Women’s Sevens team to back-to-back Women’s Sevens World Series titles to go with their World Cup win in Moscow in 2013.
Manuel has captained the Women’s Sevens side since Sean Horan took the Coaching reins in 2012. An integral part of the Go4Gold recruitment and development programme, Manuel’s leadership starts on the field with her tireless work rate in defence and on attack.
Rugby ground: Eden Park
Rugby player and why: My Mum, Liza Mihinui. An inspiration watching her play
Earliest rugby memories: Playing alongside some great female rugby players - Anna Richards, Suzy Shortland, Exia Shelford-Edwards, Monique Hirovana
Biggest influence on your rugby career and why: My Mum. She's the number one reason why I am the rugby player I am today....endless love and support!
Food: Chicken, watermelon & milky bars are a few of my fav's
Actor/Actress: Michelle Rodriguez
Movie: Lion King, The Notebook
Book: The pursuit of happiness
Singer/Band/Music type: Beyonce. A bit of everything
Holiday destination: Dream destination, Brazil....The Islands
Non-rugby sports team: David Tua and Kamp Tuaman
If you could meet one person, who would it be and why: My Nana. I never got the chance to meet her, would love to give her a big kiss and cuddles.
I hate it when...I trip over myself
I can't live without....My loved ones
If I wasn't a rugby player I would be...A pro-surfer, travelling
2005 v Scotland