The Counties Manukau Heat scrum is arguably the strongest in the provincial competition, and Leilani Perese is right in the thick of it.
The 25 year old can play both sides of the scrum, making her an asset in a squad scenario. Last year she played all eight games for the Heat in the Farah Palmer Cup, starting six on the loosehead side and two on the tighthead. She scored a crucial try in the semifinal victory over Auckland. Her first-class career started with the Storm, with whom she played 15 games from 2012-14. By 2016 she was helping the Heat to the Farah Palmer Cup title.
A powerful scrummager out of the strong Manurewa club, Perese is also a damaging ball carrier and solid on the tackle.