GRACE BROOKER in full flight is a sight to behold on the rugby field.
The centre’s skills and versatility landed her a professional women’s contract in her first year out of school in 2018.
Originally from Oxford in North Canterbury, Brooker played for five years in a strong and successful Christchurch Girls’ High School First XV.
While she often played at openside flanker for her school, she has played a lot at fullback at club level, and even wing for Canterbury.
After a stint with the Canterbury sevens team, Brooker enjoyed a busy 2017, playing for the New Zealand Under 18 Sevens and making her Farah Palmer Cup debut for Canterbury. She was an instant standout, scoring five tries en route to the championship title.
Brooker produced more consistent form in the 2018 Farah Palmer Cup season and found herself predominantly playing in the midfield. She again finished the season with five tries.
In 2019, she scored four tries for Canterbury and formed a formidable midfield liaison with Lucy Anderson.
By now, the smooth-running Brooker had debuted for the Black Ferns, coming off the bench against the Wallaroos at Eden Park. Later in 2019, she scored two tries in two outings for the NZ Development XV in Fiji for the Oceania championship.
The 2020 Farah Palmer Cup season again went well for Brooker, this time in midfield partnership with Liv McGoverne. She scored six tries and won a fourth Farah Palmer Cup title.
There is plenty of competition in the Black Ferns’ midfield and threequarters, but Brooker has enough talent to keep posing questions of the selectors.
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