Auckland Marist's history with the New Zealand "Black Ferns" dates back to 1993... only three years after their foundation in 1990.
These are our Auckland Marist players who have proudly worn the Black Ferns jersey.
Date of Birth: Thursday the 13th March 2003 in Auckland
Black Ferns Number 229 and Marist Black Ferns Number 33
Position: First Five-Eighth
BLACK FERNS in 2021 [3 games - 3 Tests scoring 2 points through a conversion]
Last School : Edgewater College in Auckland.
Provincial Team: Auckland from 2019 to the present [tbc'd games and scoring tbc'd points].
- New Zealand Black Ferns Debut was on the 31st October 2021 and was played against England at Exeter [England].
1. Maliepo was a talented sportsperson right from a young age and she chose rugby as her "prefered sport"... playing mainly as a First Five Eighth and she joined the our proud Marist Brothers Old Boys Rugby Club in Auckland in 2019 at the young age of 16-years-old. In the "Coleman Cup" competition in Auckland Rugby that season, she immediately impressed due to her high levels of skill and confidence.
2. Maliepo was first selected to play for the Auckland "Storm" team in that same 2019 season as a 16-year-old and she made her debut in the match played against TBC'd and being a part of that team meant that she came under the direct guidance of the "legend of world rugby", Anna Richards [coach of the "Storm"]. That season, she played 8 matches [7 of them were starting with one "from the bench'] including in the Final [Auckland were beaten by Canterbury sadly] and she scored 78 points [3 tries, 27 conversions, and 3 penalties]. She again represented the "Storm" in 2020 [playing both First five Eighth and Fullback] and 2021 with her by the end of the 2021 "Farah Palmer Cup" having played 21 games for Auckland.
3. In 2020, Maliepo was selected to play for the "New Zealand Barbarians" team that played two games against the New Zealand "Black Ferns" and playing from First Five Eighth, she scored 14 points [1 try, 3 conversions and a penalty] in performances that further "caught the eye" of the selectors... at the still very young age of 17.
4. As well as again playing for Auckland, Maliepo played in the first ever Blues Women's team that played the inaugural "Super Rugby" game in 2021 as part of a promotion for the inclusion of women's teams in the Super Rugby Competition. Coming "off the bench" in the game played at Eden Park, Maliepo slotted into First Five Eighth from where she scored a try in the match. Her inclusion in the match was notable as it saw the Blues team become resurgent having previously become increasingly overwhlemed by their opponents, the "Chiefs" Women's team [lost 39 points to 12]. She also played in a Trial match for the New Zealand "Black Ferns" team in 2020 [who were planning to tour Australia, but this was subsequently cancelled] and she scored a try for the Probables team in that match.
5. Maliepo was first selected to play for the New Zealand "Black Ferns" team when she was selected to be a part of the team that toured the Northern Hemisphere in 2021; namely to tour England and France. This tour was under "Covid-19 conditions" for the New Zealand team who had not played together for just short of two years prior to the tour while the northern hemisphere teams were just finishing their "Six Nations" competition plus their highly competitive European Club series.
6 Maliepo made her debut in the first of the two Test Matches played on that tour by the New Zealand Black Ferns against the current World Champions England team again entering the match "from the bench". She also appeared in the second of those two Tests and then played in one of the two Tests played aginst the French Women's team [successfully kicking a conversion to score her first points in international rugby]... again joining both games 'from the bench". That Northern Hemisphere tour was a "challenging" one for the Black Ferns with all four Tests being defeats [two record defeats by England], but it is well worth remembering that this team had not played together significantly for nearly two seasons and massive improvements were seen in their performance on that tour.
7. 2022 looks likely to be stand out year for Maliepo as she played for the Blues in the inaugural "Super Rugby Aupiki" compeition and New Zealand are due to host the "2022 Rugby World Cup" with it considered that she will be an important member of that team... aged only 19!
STILL CURRENTLY PLAYING IN NEW ZEALAND
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