Kendra Cocksedge named 2015 Women's Player of the Year

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2015 was a great year for Black Ferns and Canterbury stalwart Cocksedge who starred in both the International Super Series and the Women's Provincial Championship.

She received the Player of the Match Award for her performance against Canada and was instrumental in the win over England. The halfback - who was celebrating her birthday on match day - landed four penalties and two conversions as the Black Ferns secured a 26-7 win over the world champion English side in Red Deer.

Her performances in 2015 were also recognised with the World Rugby Women's Player of the Year Award, which was presented in London in November.

Originally from Taranaki, Cocksedge moved to Christchurch on a cricket scholarship for Lincoln University and was quickly welcomed into the province's rugby set-up. In 2015 she became the first player to bring up 500 points in the Women's Provincial Championship, an incredible record that reflects her versatility (Cocksedge can play at first five-eighth as well) and the contribution she makes to her team.

Cocksedge has accepted a role with New Zealand Rugby as the Women's Rugby Development Officer for the Crusaders Region (Buller, Canterbury, Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, Tasman and West Coast), starting in January 2016.


Position: Halfback
Test matches: 29
2015 Test matches: 3

Province: Canterbury
Provincial matches: 54
Provincial points: 504
2015 provincial matches: 6
2015 provincial points: 50