Krysten Cottrell is making the bold move from the outside backs into the pivot role in the No 10 jersey.
She adds depth to the position behind Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali after previously featuring for the Hawke’s Bay Tuis and the Manawatu Cyclones as a fullback or wing.
Cottrell was first thrust into the limelight as a raw 15-year-old, playing for Hawke’ Bay in 2007. Though she appeared in just one game in 2017, she now has 19 games for the Tuis to her credit. There were also 27 games for Manawatu from 2013-16, where her goalkicking ability was utilised and she also showed her wares for the province’s sevens team.
Cottrell, who is married to one of Hawke’s Bay’s top referees, Tipene Cottrell, is a women’s rugby development officer for the provincial union.