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Sarah Hirini is one of the leading sevens players in the world.
The current Black Ferns Sevens captain has an impressive list of accolades to her name including Sevens World Champion in 2013 and 2018, Olympic silver and gold medallist, Commonwealth Games gold medallist and six-time World Series winner. Hirini’s game is characterised by her tireless work-ethic and dogged defence. In 2019 she became the first female player to bring up 200 matches on the World Series.
Hirini is one of several international rugby players who went to Feilding High School, and she has proudly won five National Sevens titles with Manawatū.
Outside of sevens, Hirini was a member of the 2017 Black Ferns that won the Women’s World Cup, she was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2019 and became the first women to be awarded the prestigious Tom French Memorial Māori Player of the Year. She also became just the second female to win the Kelvin R Tremain Rugby Player of the Year award in 2021.
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