Ngā Whārangi Kaitākaro
TOKA NATUA is one of the top loosehead props in New Zealand and can always hang her hat on scoring a hat-trick in a Women’s Rugby World Cup Final.
That feat is unprecedented for a prop, in both the men’s and women’s game.
She now has 22 Test caps to her credit since her 2015 Black Ferns debut, and has scored five tries in all. In 2019, she was omnipresent for the Black Ferns in their six Test matches, edging Pip Love for the No 1 jersey.
Since her 2014 debut for Waikato, Natua, who plays her club rugby for University, has chalked up 35 matches, scoring five tries. In 2020, she was there throughout to help Waikato reach the final against Canterbury, her sound presence on the loosehead combining well with the power of Tanya Kalounivale on the tighthead side.
Natua’s career highlight remains winning that 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup. It was a big year for her, appearing in all eight Black Ferns’ Tests that season. Her ball skills stem from her background as a midfielder.
Natua is a dual international, having also played league for the Cook Islands.