Cheryl made her Black Ferns debut against England in 1997 and has since gone on to play in 17 tests. She was part of New Zealand’s World Cup triumphs in 1998 and 2002 and the Canada Cup win in 2000. Cheryl plays for Auckland in the Lion Foundation Cup. Her other sporting interests are touch rugby and netball. Okara Park (now ITM Stadium) in Whangarei is her favourite rugby ground. She is the brother of Brent Waaka, a former captain of provincial side Northland.