Rugbygirl has the player profiles of four Secondary School Girl rugby players all who have the same aim, to be in the New Zealand Sevens’ Team to go to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. What they have already accomplished in Women’s rugby and in other sports are exceptional achievements, and“rugbygirl” will follow their progress over the next four years to see their dreams becomes a reality .
Hayley is a sixteen year old attending Feilding High School where she has been playing rugby for the school rugby team since she started high school. Hayley started as a half back but with her great speed and skills she has played every position in the backline. She has been a member of the Manawatu Secondary School Representative Team for the past 3 years. She also plays club rugby for Feilding Old Boys Oroua and was selected in the Manawatu NPC team at age fifteen.
Feilding High easily won the North Island Secondary School’s Sevens Championship in March and Hayley was named player of the Tournament and a couple of days later was also named player of the tournament in the Manawatu Secondary Schools Sevens
Hayley is not only a great runner and prolific try scorer but she is also an adept drop kicker and place kicker with a strike rate of around 80% .Other sports which Hayley excels in are Athletics, Touch and Basketball
Tyla is a seventeen year old attending Lynfield College in Auckland. Her preferred position is First Five Eight
She has been playing rugby since she started high school and presently plays for her school and Auckland Marist in the Women’s Senior Competition.
Tyla has been included in the Auckland Secondary Schools Under 18 team for past 3 years and this year went to Rome with the Aotearoa Maori Women’s Sevens team where they won the Roma Sevens .She has been named this week in the New Zealand Women’s Sevens Training Squad
Tyla’s sports achievements are not limited to rugby as she has been captain of New Zealand Under 17 and Under 19 Touch Teams and is presently a member of New Zealand Women’s Open Touch Team which beat the World Champions Australia in a Touch test in Australia .Other sports she plays very successfully are Basketball and Athletics
Marama also is a seventeen year old who plays rugby for Manurewa ,with her favourite position being full back. She has been in the Counties Under 18 Secondary Schools team since 2008 and in 2010 was a member of the Auckland Storm NPC team. Like Tyla she was a member of the very successful Aotearoa Maori women’s Sevens team and has been named in the New Zealand Women’s Sevens Training Squad.
Marama is in the New Zealand Women’s Open Touch Team after being in the New Zealand Under 19 team. She has also been a member of the NZ Pan Pacific Athletics Team .
Georgia is fourteen and has been playing rugby since she was 5 year old and whilst at primary school played as the only girl in a Otago Tournament with over 400 boys, where she was picked in the Tournament Team.
She presently attends and plays for Southland Girls High school but travels to Dunedin each Saturday to play Club Rugby for Otago University .In her first year at high school she was named Player of the Tournament at the South Island Under 18 Secondary Schools Tournament. Georgia favourite position is Loose Forward
Recently Georgia was named in the Southland Academy, for high performance coaching .No other women has been included in this Academy in the 10 years it has been operating.
Georgia is also a top touch player and also a very good hockey player.
These 4 girls have a lot in common;
We will be very surprised, barring injury if these 4 girls don’t all become New Zealand Women’s Rugby Internationals before they are 20 years of age, as all of them have set this as another challenge in a rugby career which every challenge they have set themselves so far they have achieved.
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