Source: New Zealand Rugby

New Zealand elite selected for High Performance Development Camp

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The best of New Zealand’s emerging women players have been identified and selected for a High Performance Development camp.

The programme will see 42 of the most talented young players come together for a position specific workshop with leading coaches from across the country.

Black Ferns Assistant Coach Wesley Clarke said this camp will bridge the gap in a player’s development that has been identified.

“The Farah Palmer Cup provides a great playing opportunity for our players, but those programmes are not specifically development focused.

“The aim is to get these players together for a national camp and accelerate their development by exposing them to top level position specific coaching,” said Clarke.

The long-term goal of the programme is for New Zealand to be able to field an Under 20 women’s team for international fixtures.

Players have been selected from school, club and Farah Palmer Cup rugby and represent 11 Provincial Unions.

Clarke said the strength of talent across the country is impressive.

“Women’s rugby is a massive growth area and we are seeing incredible talent coming through right across the country. It will be exciting to get them all together in one place to work together for a week,” said Clarke.

Rodney Gibbs, who coached the New Zealand Barbarians for their series against the Black Ferns in 2020 heads the coaching group for the week and is joined by a number of former Black Ferns including Victoria Grant, Melissa Ruscoe, Anna Richards and Kristina Sue as position specific coaches.

The camp was scheduled to be held in Hamilton this month but has been postponed due to Covid19 restrictions. It will take place early next year.

The selected players are;

Player Province
Mia Anderson Waikato
Precious Auimatagi Wellington
K’lee Begbie Waikato
Sylvia Brunt Auckland
Grace Carroll Otago
Tuia Edwards Hawke’s Bay
Princess Elliot Auckland
Iukika Fa’avae Hawke’s Bay
Maddie Feaunati Otago
Sophie Fisher Auckland
Tenaija Fletcher North Harbour
Jessica Harvie Tasman
Harmony Ioane Wellington
Eleri James-Sitters Tasman
Lucy Jenkins Canterbury
Maia Joseph Otago
Harmony Kautai Hawke’s Bay
Hannah King Canterbury
Tafito Lafaele Auckland
Abby Lockhart Auckland
Cilia-Marie Po’e Auckland
Paris Mataroa Counties Manukau
Te Urupounamu McGarvey Bay of Plenty
Leah Miles Otago
Jorja Miller Canterbury
Paige Misky Wellington
Lily Murray-Wihongi Northland
Daynah Nankivell Auckland
Ashley Palu Hawke’s Bay
Amelia Pasikala Hawke’s Bay
Hollyrae Mete Renata Manawatu
Rangimarie Sturmey Manawatu
Ngano Tavake Manawatu
Brooklyn Teki-Joyce Bay of Plenty
Kelsey Teneti Waikato
Vineta Teutau Auckland
Ocean Tierney Counties Manukau
Luisa Togotogorua Auckland
Maama Vaipulu Auckland
Leititia Vaka Counties Manukau
Chryss Viliko Auckland
Kaia Walker-Waitoa Hayes Manawatu

Courtesy of New Zealand Rugby