Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate
STRONG AT SET-PIECE and aggressive with and without the ball, Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate is an established and important member of the Black Ferns.
While her early opportunities to start in the No 2 jersey were limited due to the presence of the durable and peerless captain Fiao’o Faamausili, Ngata-Aerengamate has in the last two seasons made the No 2 jersey her own with her powerful ball-carrying and accuracy in the set-pieces. She started in all six of the Black Ferns’ 2019 Tests.
Debuting in 2014, she has since hardly missed an international, with 29 now to her credit. She crossed for her first try in the 45-12 Women’s Rugby World Cup semiﬁnal win over USA and her second came in 2019 against the same opponent in San Diego.
A leader in any team for which she plays, Ngata-Aerengamate leads the kapa haka and waiata for the Black Ferns, and carries great mana in the group.
She made her Auckland Storm debut in 2012, before switching to the Counties Manukau Heat, from where she won the 2016 Farah Palmer Cup title. In 2019 she transferred to the Northland Kauri, leading a new team with aplomb, scoring eight tries in their pleasing Farah Palmer Cup campaign. Ngata-Aerengamate was again in strong form for the Kauri in 2020, crossing the whitewash twice. She also represented the Cook Islands in rugby league in 2017.
When she is not playing rugby for country, province or her Te Rarawa club, she teaches at Kaitaia College.
IWI: Ngāti Porou
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