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SELICA WINIATA is an experienced Black Fern, whose pace and counter-attacking ability have struck fear into opposition defences for nigh on a decade.
She debuted for the Manawatu Cyclones in 2001 when she was just 14 and still at Freyberg High School and has gone on to set myriad records for her province.
Her 72 tries are a Farah Palmer Cup championship record, while as of the end of the 2020 season, she has gone on to rack up a record 87 games and 526 points for the Cyclones. Her 110 points in 2012 was a championship record until overtaken by Wellington’s Amanda Rasch in 2018.
Back in her usual position of fullback after a 2019 season in the No 10 jersey, Winiata led the Cyclones from a winless season back into the Farah Palmer Cup semifinals, scoring four tries and notably racking up a 23-point haul against the Mako.
Winiata debuted for the Black Ferns in 2008 and her 39 Test tries, from just 40 internationals, are second only to Vanessa Cootes (43).
In 2016 she was in imperious and proliﬁc tryscoring form, winning the New Zealand Rugby Women’s Player of the Year gong, while in 2017 she crossed for a double in the Rugby World Cup Fnal against England, following her hat-trick in the victory over Wales. In 2013 her try against England at Eden Park was voted the Fans’ Try of the Year.
In 2019 she scored one try in four Test appearances for the Black Ferns.
Winiata, a policewoman, also appeared in 15 tournaments for the Black Ferns Sevens from 2008-16.
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