Regarded as one of the world’s leading hookers and most successful Captains, Fiao’o Faamausili has fashioned a remarkable career since her first-class debut way back in 1999.
Her list of achievements is long but can be summarised thus: four-time Women’s Rugby World Cup winner, Black Ferns skipper since 2012, all-time Black Ferns appearances record holder, New Zealand Rugby women’s player of the year in 2011, the first women to play 100 games for one province, and multiple provincial titles to her name with the Auckland Storm.
Furthermore, in 2018 she was made an Officer of NZ Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to rugby. Her 155 first-class appearances are second only to Storm teammate Emma Jensen.
Faamausili’s accurate lineout throwing combined with strong carries and a penchant for the tryline, not to mention her physical and mental toughness, make her a rugged opponent.
The Manurewa policewoman was originally looking to retire from international rugby after the 2017 season but has decided to make herself available again as exciting times loom for the women’s game.
2002 v Australia
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