Auckland Storm stalwart Charlene Halapua was called into the Black Ferns for the first time in 2015 after a series of impressive performances at the Women's Provincial Championship level, including three national titles.
Attracted to sevens by New Zealand Rugby's Go 4 Gold programme in 2012, Halapua made her New Zealand Women's Sevens debut that same year at the Oceania Women's Sevens Championship. The Tongan-born Halapua moved to New Zealand when she was 11.
Away from rugby I am....working full-time and learning how to break dance
Rugby ground: Eden Park
Rugby player and why: Brad Thorn - he's a workhorse!
Earliest rugby memories: Cutting my ear during tackle practice
Biggest influence on your rugby career and why: Sister Renee, because I wanted to be like her
Food: Salmon, dumplings, roast pork
Actor/Actress: Sandra Bullock
Movie: Dirty Dancing
Book: Harry Potter
Singer/Band/Music Type: Reggae, Kanye West, J. Cole, Beyonce, U2
Holiday destination: Thailand
Non-rugby sports team: Mystics, Penrith Panthers
I hate it when....I get into bed and I'm hungry....again
I can't live without....music and seafood
If I wasn't a rugby player I would be...a nurse
Something interesting about me....I was born in Tonga and move to NZ when I was 11 years old