ONE OF A rare breed that grew up on Great Barrier Island, 27 year old Eloise Blackwell has, since her 2011 debut for New Zealand, stepped almost seamlessly into the big locking shoes of great Black Ferns such as Vicky Heighway and Monalisa Codling.
Blackwell has been a mainstay of the Auckland Storm since 2009 and by the end of the 2017 season she has an impressive strike record of 10 tries in 45 games for the province.
In 2018, Blackwell is expected to raise the half century in the Farah Palmer Cup and has developed into a top international player, strong in contact, mobile around the ?eld and accurate in the air, be it for kickoffs or lineouts.
Blackwell had a great 2017 season for the Black Ferns, starting seven of her eight Tests and striking up a formidable locking combinations with both Charmaine Smith and Becky Wood.
She has continued her form into 2018, starting both Test matches against Australia, including scoring a try in the second Test in front of a home Auckland crowd at Eden Park.
Away from rugby, Blackwell is a secondary school teacher.
2011 v England
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