KRISTINA SUE’S sporting background was centred around sevens, touch and league until only two seasons ago. But the sparky halfback has, in fact, represented Manawatu at rugby since 2006 and has now racked up 50 caps for the Cyclones.
Sue first played for the Black Ferns in 2016 against the Wallaroos, and has since been ever-present in the squad, her impact off the bench being used to finish games when the opposition defence starts to tire and her sniping around the rucks can be most effective. In 2017, all six of her appearances for New Zealand came off the bench.
She had already represented the Black Ferns Sevens in two 2013 tournaments, crossing for two tries. But it was way back in 2007 that Sue first reached the highest sporting level for New Zealand, with the Touch Blacks, going to the 2007 and 2011 World Cups.
She also holds the distinction of playing for the rugby league Kiwi Ferns and the Kiwi Ferns Nines in 2016, making her a triple international who has also played the abbreviated forms of both rugby and league.
Away from rugby Sue is a qualified PE teacher and a senior tutor at Massey University.
v Australia, 2016