Renee Wickliffe is a key part of the Black Ferns strikepower. She's fast, strong and has a good eye for the tryline.
Wickliffe joined a resurgent Counties Manukau in the Women's Provincial Championship in 2013 but was previously a key part of the Auckland Storm and earned 12 caps with the blue-and-whites. She made her Black Ferns debut in 2009 against England and featured again in the Black Ferns' successful Women's Rugby World Cup defence in 2010.
Wickliffe missed the Black Ferns' 2012 Tour of England, but returned to the Black Ferns in 2013, where she showed her strength on defence. In 2014, she played in six Tests across the International Women's Rugby Series and the Women's Rugby World Cup and scored four tries.
Wickliffe is an IRB Sevens World Series and Women's Rugby World Cup Sevens winner with the New Zealand Women's Sevens side, for which she debuted in 2009. She was recognised by her community as the winner of the Supreme Award at the Manurewa Sports Awards in 2014, which followed her recognition in 2009 as the national Maori Sportswoman of the Year.
Rugby ground: Twickenham
Rugby player and why: Quade Cooper, I like his style and flare, and he’s an exciting player to watch. Pity he is a Mozzie.
Earliest rugby memories: making the Thames Valley Swamp Foxes
Biggest influence on your rugby career and why: my family as I play to make them proud and represent where I came from
Food: mum’s cooking
Actor/Actress: Ryan Gosling, Sandra Bullock
Movie: The Notebook, the Help
Book: not a fan of reading
Singer/Band/Music type: anything with a catchy beat
Holiday destination: Dubai
Non-rugby sports team: Warriors
If you could meet one person, who would it be and why: Nelson Mandela because he is an amazing, inspirational person who made a stand against racism.
I hate it when … I have to go to work and not be a professional rugby player
I can’t live without … my phone
If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be … a DJ
2009 v England
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