ORIGINALLY FROM New Plymouth, Kendra Cocksedge is very much a Cantabrian for her rugby, having made her mark with the South Island province.
She was first recognised in 2006 with selection for the Taranaki and Hurricanes Schools, where her intuitive halfback play, allround skills and goalkicking ability first came to the fore.
Now an integral member of the Black Ferns, she was awarded World Rugby women's player of the year in 2015, the same season she was named New Zealand Rugby women's player of the year, mainly for her sterling displays in the Women's Super Series in Canada.
Since debuting for the Black Ferns in 2007 as a teenager, Cocksedge has gone on to win two Women's Rugby World Cups, in 2010 and 2017, as well as clinching a Rugby World Cup Sevens crown in 2013, playing three tournaments in all for the Black Ferns Sevens.
Cocksedge took special pride in winning her first Farah Palmer Cup title with Canterbury in 2017 and then defending it in 2018.
2018 also saw Kendra became the first woman to win the Kelvin R Tremain Memorial player of the year.