Lesley Elder’s (nee Ketu) career has seen two distinct phases.
As a teenager, she played 10 games for Waikato in 2004-05, but then had a nine-year gap before resuming her first-class career as she pursued her studies.
The strong loose forward made a good impression for Waikato in her comeback, cracking the Black Ferns in 2015 at the age of 28 for the Women’s Super Series in Canada.
Last season she made six appearances for the Black Ferns, starting the Women’s Rugby World Cup match against Hong Kong, when she scored her first international try. Elder was also a capable back-up for Sarah Goss in the openside flanker position.
After the WRWC, Elder turned out for a youthful Bay of Plenty Volcanix in the Farah Palmer Cup, playing three matches for her new province.
Elder’s brothers, Robin and Steve Ketu, both represented King Country in 2013.
Off the field Elder is the Bay of Plenty Women’s Rugby Development Officer.
2015 v Canada
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