Kendra Cocksedge made her Test debut at 19 and has now established herself as a vital part of the Black Ferns' backline. Cocksedge featured in all nine Tests during the 2014 season. She is also a skilled sevens player and was part of the squad that won the inaugural Women's Sevens World Series in 2013.
Although originally from Taranaki - she made the Taranaki and Hurricanes Secondary Schools teams - a move to Canterbury for study at Lincoln University saw Cocksedge make her first class debut for the red-and blacks in 2007. She had a solid campaign with Canterbury in the 2014 Women's Provincial Championship, scoring 101 points and starting all nine matches.
Rugby ground: Rugby Park, Christchurch
Rugby player and why: Shakira Baker, because she has a mean fend
Earliest rugby memories: Running around the icy grounds in barefeet in Taranaki
Biggest influence on your rugby career and why: My gran, she inspired me anlways had faith
Food: Mum’s roasts
Actor/Actress: Denzel Washington
Book: Gold Rush
Holiday destination: Tongaporutu
Non-rugby sports team: West Tigers
If you could meet one person, who would it be and why: Nelson Mandela because of his leadership.
I hate it when ... people steal the last chip or lolly from my packet
I can’t live without ... my friends and family
If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be … the Prime Minister
Something interesting about me....I am a twin