Ruahei Demant is one of the new breed of young players in women’s rugby – skilled, fast and going places.
She has had to deal with long-term injury more than most 23-year-olds, having endured no less than three knee reconstructions since her 2013 debut for the Auckland Storm. Demant brings versatility to any team, though No 10 is the jersey she wore on six occasions for the Storm in the 2017 Farah Palmer Cup. She now has 22 games for Auckland to her credit, and 60 points, as she is also useful off the tee.
Demant’s time management skills are also finely honed as, along with her training for both her College Rifles club and as a newly contracted Black Fern, she works fulltime at an immigration consultancy firm and does part-time law and commerce studies at the University of Auckland.
She is not the only Black Fern in her family - her sister is 2015 Black Fern Kiritapu Demant.