LESLIE ELDER'S career has seen two distinct phases. As a teenager, Elder (nee Ketu) played 10 games for Waikato in 2004-05, before moving back to netball. In 2009 Elder moved to Australia where she got back into rugby, developing her game for three years before returning to New Zealand in 2013.
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 Women’s Rugby World Cup, 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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