Five selected in NZ U17 & U18 girls sevens wider training group

Cheyne Copeland (St Marys College) in the 2017 Premier 1 final

The following Wellington secondary school players have been selected for the New Zealand U17 & U18 Girls Sevens Wider Training Group, to prepare for a development camp in Auckland in mid-December followed by selection in one of the teams to participate in the second annual World School Sevens tournament on Saturday 16 December.

  • Ainsleyana Puleiata (St Marys College)
  • Cheyne Copeland (St Marys College)
  • Dhys Faleafaga (St Marys College)
  • Kiki Tahere (Kapiti College)
  • Renee Savai’inaea (St Mary’s College)

Lyric Faleafaga (St Mary’s College) was selected but unavailable due to injury.

The squad is bristling with talent and excitement and includes a number of players who have already made their marks with their schools at regional and national level, in both sevens and 15s rugby.

Of note, several players already have Farah Palmer Cup Women’s NPC experience, including a small group of players in the Counties Manukau and Canterbury squads, who, if selected, could be playing in the Women’s NPC final this weekend.

The full list can be found here: