Aldora Itunu has swiftly risen to be one of the top props in the country.
The 27 year old debuted for the Black Ferns in the 2015 Super Series in Canada and it didn’t take her long until she was the team’s starting tighthead prop. Last season she started in six of her seven appearances for the Black Ferns, including the Women’s Rugby World Cup final against England. One of her career highlights came in the pool match against Canada, where she crossed for a hat-trick, her only three international tries to date. It was a stark example of Itunu’s power, skill and mobility.
Her first-class career began in 2012, when, out of the Ponsonby club, she first played for the Auckland Storm. Itunu now has 31 caps for the Storm, and has scored no less than 13 tries, a higher strike rate than big sister Linda Itunu, who is also a contracted Black Fern.
Her ability to play on either side of the scrum is an asset in any squad situation. It was at loosehead that Itunu spent most of her time with the Storm last season, upon return from the WRWC.
Itunu broadened her rugby horizons earlier in her career with club stints in England and Italy.
2015 v Canada
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