As a student at Wellington East Girls’ College, Marcelle Parkes’ radar was nowhere near rugby.
An accomplished softballer, on the verge of the Junior White Sox, and netballer, as predominantly a wing defence, she decided to plays sevens for the Marist St Pat’s club to keep fit in the netball off-season. By 2018 she was in the Wellington Sevens team to play at the national tournament, where she turned the right heads.
Now the 20-year-old is playing in the midfield for MSP in the 15s game in Wellington club rugby and is training with the Wellington Pride while she learns the finer points of the game.
Just where she plays at the higher level is still open, as she has the potential to operate in the forwards.
Parkes is the only one of the 28 contracted women yet to appear at first-class level in the 15s game. She is one of three contracted Wellingtonians.