Mahurangi’s Tenaija Fletcher has been selected for the Blues Super Rugby squad to play in the newly established Aupiki women’s competition.
She joins a strong line-up with 12 Black Ferns players, including Mahurangi’s Ruahei Demant.
It is the second time Fletcher has been selected for the provincial team, having been made part of the inaugural women’s squad last season when the Blues played the Chiefs.
This season brings a lot more promise for time on the field for Fletcher. Four women’s teams will play a round robin for the provincial competition.
This season’s teams include the Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes and a combined South Island team named Matatu.
Fletcher expects she will start training with the rest of the squad as soon as Covid-19 restrictions allow. It is expected the season will start in late February.
“In the meantime, I’ve just been trying to keep fit in lockdown and training with the Harbour Rugby team,” she says.
Fletcher is hoping that the provincial competition will be used as a selection ground for the Women’s Rugby World Cup, which is being jointly hosted in New Zealand by Auckland and Whangarei.