Kathleen Wilton rejoined the Black Ferns in 2012 following a four-season break recovering from injury and playing rugby in Canada and has appeared in the front row for all six Tests since.
The hard-working prop is a qualified social worker and one of the most experienced players in the Otago Spirit, establishing herself as a robust force on the loosehead side of the scrum. She has continued to play in Canada in the off-season for the Sherwood Druids, where she has begun coaching secondary schoolgirl players.
Rugby ground: North ground Alhambra Union, Eketahuna Rugby grounds
Rugby player and why: Tana Umaga - just seems like a lovely person and was on the man on the field. A great leader.
Earliest rugby memories: very first game I played in high school was on a freezing cold Palmerston North day and we lost around 90-0. Great first game!
Biggest influence on your rugby career and why: Dad coached me right through high school and he has always been extremely supportive of me playing rugby. He hardly misses a game even it means travelling all over the countryside.
Food: bacon and eggs, prawns and basil pesto
Actor/Actress: Simon Baker, Channing Tatum
Movie: Proposal, Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect
Book: Farming Mags!
Singer/Band/Music type: Tina Turner, Indiaarie and my brother.
Holiday destination: Cook Islands
Non-rugby sports team: Silver Ferns & Poly Funk (Home netball team)
If you could meet one person, who would it be and why: Tina Turner
I hate it when … there’s no bacon and eggs in the fridge.
I can’t live without … family, friends, food, farm and McLeod’s Daughters DVDs.
If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be … a netballer or Tina Turner
Something interesting about me...I used to compete in country music awards!
2007 v Australia