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Linda Itunu

LINDA ITUNU has enjoyed a long and productive career at the apex of New Zealand women’s rugby.

Itunu first made her mark from 2000-02 when she played for Auckland Schools.

The 33-year-old debuted for the Black Ferns back in 2003, when she was just 18, and is a three-time Women’s Rugby World Cup winner (2006, 2010 and 2017).

Itunu is a dynamic loose forward, who can operate in all three positions. Just seven women have played more than her 34 Tests for the Black Ferns. Not to be pigeon-holed as solely a 15s exponent, Itunu also made 11 tournament appearances for the Black Ferns Sevens from 2009-14.

Itunu debuted for the Auckland Storm in 2003 and she has gone on to help the side win multiple national titles. Her three 2017 outings for the province have taken her tally of provincial games to 47. In 2018 Itunu is set to break the prized 50 game mark in first class women’s rugby.

Player
Position:
Loose Forward
Born:
21/11/1984
Physical:
1.73m; 83kg
Test Debut:
2003 v World XV
Test Points Breakdown:
2t
Test Points:
10
Caps:
40
Provincial Team:
Auckland

Career Comments

  • Black Ferns Sevens (2009, 2012-14)
    Black Ferns (2003-2004, 2006-2010, 2014-present)
    Auckland (2003 - present)
    Auckland Secondary Schools (2000 - 2002)