TANYA KALOUNIVALE is the rock of the Waikato pack.
The tighthead prop is coming off a strong Farah Palmer Cup campaign in which her scrummaging was hard to fault for the runners-up, creating space for the sharp backline to cut some shapes.
The Fiji-born and Suva Grammar-educated Kalounivale debuted for Waikato in 2017, not long after her school days were over.
In the 2020 Farah Palmer Cup, she formed a rock-solid front-row combination with Toka Natua and Grace Houpapa-Barrett. Kalounivale herself scored two tries in six games, including one in the semifinal against the Manawatu Cyclones, taking her stats to three tries from 21 outings for Waikato.
The Hamilton Old Boys player will seek to soak up plenty of knowledge from the likes of Aleisha-Pearl Nelson and Aldora Itunu as her game matures.