ONE OF A rare breed who grew up on Great Barrier Island, Eloise Blackwell has, since her 2011 debut for New Zealand, become a mainstay of the Black Ferns pack, following in the shoes of great second-rowers such as Vicky Heighway and Monalisa Codling.
Blackwell has also been a vital member, latterly as captain, of the Auckland Storm since 2009 and by the end of the 2020 season she had a good strike rate, for a lock, of 14 tries in 64 games for the province.
The Ponsonby club lock has developed into a top international player, strong in contact, mobile around the ﬁeld and accurate in the air, be it for kickoffs or lineouts.
Blackwell has strung together several high quality seasons for the Black Ferns. In 2018, she scored a try in the second Test in front of a home Auckland crowd at Eden Park. In 2019, she started in all six Tests for the Black Ferns, scoring tries against Canada, USA and Australia, the latter again in front of her home crowd.
Blackwell has appeared in 43 Tests, scoring 10 tries. That places her fifth on the Black Ferns’ all-time appearance list.
Away from rugby, Blackwell is a secondary school teacher at Auckland’s Epsom Girls’ Grammar.
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