Madison Trusler-Clark has been named in the Canterbury U19 female rugby teams line up.
The talented loose forward is in the Canterbury Red team; one of two teams in the newly created age group named by the Canterbury Rugby Union. The other team is Canterbury Black.
Trusler-Clark, who plays weekend rugby for High School Old Boys, is a Year 12 student at Ashburton College.
She also plays rugby for a combined Ashburton College/ Mount Hutt College/ Ashburton Christian School team.
Canterbury Rugby Football Union coach, and female development manager, Liz Worthington said Trusler-Clark showed leadership promise and was a welcome addition to the U19s age group created by Canterbury rugby.
Madison has played rugby for Collegiate since she was four years old, joined the girls high school team making the 1st XV for Ashburton College in Year 9, and this year played rugby for High School Old Boys in Christchurch, Ms Worthington said.
‘‘Madison has so far blown us away with her skill set and hunger to learn. She is very dedicated to the sport and has a strong mindset with her eyes set on what the future may hold,’’ she said.
Under the new U19s age group more female players will be able to experience the high-performance environment and have opportunities to play for Canterbury or in the Farah Palmer Cup in the future and beyond.
Selectors chose 45 players for the two teams which will play a fixture of three games across two weeks.
They will play against teams such as Otago, Southland, Hanan Shield, and a Barbarians side made up of a mixture of provincial unions, among them many promising players from Mid Canterbury.
Ms Worthington said there had been a real depth developing within the female game so ‘‘when it presented itself, we took the opportunity to get as many of them involved in this programme.’’
“On top of looking at club and school, we held a trial … it’s a really exciting opportunity for them to pull on the Canterbury jersey and connect with what it means to play for Canterbury,” she said.
The games, which start from this weekend in Methven, will be played under strict Level 2 restrictions, with the hope spectators maybe added if there was a drop to Level 1.
The teams named are: U19 Red Team – Madison Trusler-Clark, Naia Toaolamai-Holden (HSOB), Charlotte Allen, Paige Hunter (University of Canterbury); Grace Beattie, Kate Powell, Dayna Hughes, Courtney Shadbolt, Alice Hutchinson, Ellis Watson (Lincoln University), Courtney Sim, Hannah King, Klaudia South (Christchurch), Maggie Cahill (Prebbleton & Villa Maria), Bree Daffin (Lincoln University & Lincoln High School), Olivia Digby (University of Canterbury & Avonside Girls), Anika Gates-Thorn (Lincoln University & Rolleston College), Grace Meecham, Rylee Munro (HSOB & Christchurch Girls High School), Grace Moriarty (Rangiora High School), Maia Peterson (HSOB & Lincoln High School), Izzy Scovell (Prebbleton & Forward Foundation) and Azaria Thompson (tautahi & Marian College).
Coaches: Liz Worthington, Caitlain Blanchard, Brent Clough. Manager: Courtney Churstain.
U19 Black Team: Hana Alsop (Lincoln High School), Madi Barclay (Linwood), Ash Brett, Avau Filimaua (Christchurch), Pippa Burgess-Smith, Emily Colenso, Kezia Transom (University of Canterbury), Mia Cochrane (Lincoln University & Christchurch Girls High School), Eliza Dalzell, Erin Humm (HSOB & Christchurch Girls High School), Gemma Diederich (Lincoln University), Naia Elisara (Villa Maria College), Hannah Evans, Zoe Knox (North Canterbury), Toreka Fidow (Avonside Girls), Rya Fonotia (Tautahi & Avonside Girls), Cyrilla Lolohea (Christchurch & Villa Maria), Meleane Aranui-Tuitupou-Kutu (tautahi & Marian College), Fane Ngauomo (tautahi), Manea Waaka (HSOB & Marian College), Jordan Wiki (Rangiora High School) and Holly Wratt-Groeneweg (University of Canterbury & Christchurch Girls High School).
Coaches: Joshua Sprott, Angie Sisifa, Ben Webster. Manager: Heather Algar.