Kendra Cocksedge made her Test debut at 19 and is now the most experienced member of the Black Ferns backline. She is also a skilled sevens player and was part of the squad that won the inaugural Women’s Sevens World Series in 2013.
Originally from Taranaki, the move to Canterbury for study at Lincoln University saw Cocksedge make her first class debut for the red-and blacks in 2007. She had a solid campaign with Canterbury in the Farah Palmer Cup. Cocksedge was the 2015 World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year and in 2016 took up a Women’s Rugby Development Officer role with New Zealand Rugby, focused on growing the game in the Crusaders region.
Black Ferns (2007 - present)
Black Ferns Sevens (2008, 2012-13)
Canterbury (2007 - present)
Taranaki and Hurricanes Secondary Schools (2006)
Rugby ground: Rugby Park, Christchurch
Rugby player and why: Shakira Baker, because she has a mean fend
Earliest rugby memories: Running around the icy grounds in barefeet in Taranaki
Biggest influence on your rugby career and why: My gran, she inspired me anlways had faith
Food: Mum’s roasts
Actor/Actress: Denzel Washington
Book: Gold Rush
Holiday destination: Tongaporutu
Non-rugby sports team: West Tigers
If you could meet one person, who would it be and why: Nelson Mandela because of his leadership.
I hate it when ... people steal the last chip or lolly from my packet
I can’t live without ... my friends and family
I can’t live without ... If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be … the Prime Minister
Something interesting about me....I am a twin