BOP players in historic women’s rugby squad
Seven Bay of Plenty representatives have been named in the inaugural Waitomo Chiefs Women’s squad for the first-ever Super Rugby women’s clash in New Zealand.
Chiefs Women will take on Blues Women in a marquee game on Saturday, May 1, at Eden Park.
Chiefs Women head coach Chad Shepherd has assembled a strong and experienced squad, featuring 12 Black Ferns and a formidable group of rising talent from across the Chiefs Region.
Angel Mulu, JayJay Taylor, Kelsie Wills, Kendra Reynolds, Les Elder, Luka Connor and Pia Tapsell make up the BOP representation.
“We are exceptionally excited for the opportunity to take on the nib Blues Women at Eden Park in under a month’s time,” says Shepherd.
“As a coaching group we are really pleased with the squad we have selected for this historic occasion.
“We have an exciting balance of youth and experience. Our Black Ferns players provide great leadership among an exciting group of young talented players who have broken onto the scene during last year’s Farah Palmer Cup.”
Shepherd says it is a fantastic opportunity for those selected in the Waitomo Chiefs Women Squad to proudly represent the Chiefs region.
“This fixture is a great opportunity for these talented women to develop and take their game to the next level,” Shepherd says.
“It will be a special occasion for the girls to wear a Chiefs jersey for the first time and as a group we want to demonstrate what it means to proudly represent the club, our Chiefs Region, our fans and whanau.”
Waitomo Chiefs Women’s Squad:
Angel Mulu (Bay of Plenty)
Ariana Bayler (Waikato)
Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu (Counties Manukau)
Chelsea Alley (Waikato)
Chyna Hohepa (Waikato)
Emily Kitson (Counties Manukau)
Grace Houpapa-Barrett (Waikato)
Harono Te Iringa (Counties Manukau)
Hazel Tubic (Counties Manukau)
Iritana Hohiaia (Taranaki)
JayJay Taylor (Bay of Plenty)
Kelsey Teneti (Waikato)
Kelsie Wills (Bay of Plenty)
Kendra Reynolds (Bay of Plenty)
Kennedy Simon (Waikato)
Langi Veainu (Counties Manukau)
Les Elder (Bay of Plenty)
Luka Connor (Bay of Plenty)
Mia Anderson (Waikato)
Ngatokotoru Arakua (Counties Manukau)
Paige Neilson (Taranaki)
Pia Tapsell (Bay of Plenty)
Rebecca Burch (Counties Manukau)
Renee Holmes (Waikato)
Shyanne Thompson (Counties Manukau)
Stephanie Lualua (Waikato)
Tachelle Gardiner (Taranaki)
Tanya Kalounivale (Waikato)
Waikohika Flesher (Counties Manukau)
Waitomo Chiefs Women Team Management:
Head Coach: Chad Shepherd (Counties Manukau)
Assistant Coach: Mike Rogers (Bay of Plenty)
Assistant Coach: Latoya Mason (Taranaki)
Assistant Coach: James Semple (Waikato)
Manager: Gareth Duncan (Bay of Plenty) and Paula Corlett (Taranaki)
Physio: Rebecca Mooney (Counties Manukau)
Trainer: Nick Marquet (Waikato)
Video: Hannah MacDonald (Bay of Plenty)