Bay rugby players named in NZ teams

Bay of Plenty rugby players Rebecca Kersten and Kendra Reynolds have been named in the Black Ferns Sevens Development Team, and Colenso has been named in the New Zealand Universities Training Squad this week. Photo: allblacks.com

Three Bay of Plenty women's rugby players have been named in two national teams to represent New Zealand at international tournaments later this year.

Rebecca Kersten and Kendra Reynolds have both been named in the Black Ferns Sevens Development Team to attend the Hokkaido International Sevens Tournament and the Central Coast Sevens in September and October.

In addition to being announced in the Black Fern Sevens Development team, Kersten also has received an interim Black Ferns Sevens contract, to provide cover for the Black Ferns Sevens players potentially selected in the Black Ferns Rugby World Cup squad.

While Claudia Colenso has been named in the New Zealand Universities Training Squad that is preparing and building towards the 2018 World University Games taking place in Namibia during July.

“This is a great opportunity for all three girls to have the opportunity to further develop their skill set and establish themselves on the high performance pathway,' says Bay of Plenty Women's Development Officer Lesley Ketu.

“In addition to this it is great recognition for their continued hard work following on from the Bay of Plenty Women's Sevens program.”

2017/18 BLACK FERNS SEVENS DEVELOPMENT TEAM

  •   •  Kendra Reynolds - Bay of Plenty

  •   •  Rebecca Kersten - Bay of Plenty

  •   •  Natahlia Moors - Auckland

  •   •  Sam Curtis - Canterbury

  •   •  Rhiarna Ferris - Manawatu

  •   •  Jess Drummond - Tasman

  •   •  Dani Paenga - Waikato

  •   •  Huia Harding - Waikato

  •   •  Leanna Ryan - Waikato

  •   •  Tayla Reti - Wellington

Black Ferns Sevens Development Team tournaments:

  •   •  Hokkaido International Sevens Tournament in Japan, September 5-11

  •   •  Central Coast Sevens Tournament in Australia, October 26-30

NEW ZEALAND UNIVERSITY TRAINING SQUAD

  •   •  Claudia Colenso - Bay of Plenty

  •   •  Cassandra Engler - Canterbury

  •   •  Olivia McGoverne - Canterbury

  •   •  Rebecca Davidson - Canterbury

  •   •  Pia Tapsell - North Harbour

  •   •  Claudia Hanham - North Harbour

  •   •  Mikayla Latta - Otago

  •   •  Sam Hollows - Otago

  •   •  Emma Hopcroft - Otago

  •   •  Lacy Tomu - Waikato

  •   •  Bailey Te Maipi - Wellington

  •   •  Monica Tagoi -   Wellington

  •   •  Montana Heslop - Wellington

  •   •  Rina Paraone -   Waikato

New Zealand University Training Squad tournament:

2018 World University Games to be held in Namibia in July



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