Justine Lavea

Another seasoned Black Ferns campaigner, with seven seasons in black to her credit heading into the 2014 International Women's Rugby Series – including all three Tests against England in 2013 - Justine Lavea is a vital part of the team’s loose forward contingent.

Lavea made her Auckland debut the same season that she made her Test debut against Canada. In 2011 Lavea made her 50th appearance for the dominant blue and whites and with 64 provincial caps to her credit to the end of 2013 is one of the New Zealand’s most-experienced first class rugby players.

Loose Forward
1.75m, 74kg
Test Debut:
2004 v Canada
Test Points:
All Blacks Caps:
Provincial Team:

Career Comments

  • Representative teams:

    Black Ferns (2005-06, 2008 – present)
    New Zealand Womens Sevens (2007)
    Auckland (2006 – present )


    Rugby ground: Liston Park
    Rugby player and why: Tammi Wilson - ran just like Christian Cullen
    Earliest rugby memories: watching the All Blacks when I was really young with my family
    Biggest influence on your rugby career and why: Darryl Suasua – from a very young age he saw the potential in me, when all I wanted to do was play footy with my friends. He has always been honest with me and always ready to help others  
    Food: Mum's chop suey and pork curry
    Actor/Actress: Kevin Hary
    Movie: Love and Basketball, Pitch Perfect
    Book: Telesa Trilogy
    Singer/Band/Music type: Beyonce, Aaradna, Eva Lathum, Fiji, Old School r&b
    Holiday destination: Samoa, Thailand
    Non-rugby sports team: Brisbane Broncos
    If you could meet one person, who would it be and why: Ellen Degeneres
    I hate it when … people fart in public 
    I can’t live without … Coffee
    If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be … a dancer

Test Match record

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