Tiana Penitani

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Tiana Penitani
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Penitani in Fiji
Date of birth (1996-01-12) 12 January 1996 (age 24)
Place of birth Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight71 kg (157 lb; 11 st 3 lb)
Rugby union career
National sevens team(s)
YearsTeamComps
2013– Australia

Tiana Penitani (born 12 January 1996) is a professional Rugby League player. She represents the St George Illawarra Dragons in the National Rugby League Womens. She debuted for the St George Illawarra Dragons in September 2019.

Tiana, along with Brooke Anderson, captained Australia to a memorable Gold Medal at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics, held in China. This was the first time Rugby Sevens had been part of the Olympic programme since 1924. The tournament was Tiana's first in 14 months, following a serious knee injury sustained at the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens. At 17 years and 163 days old, Tiana became Australia's youngest ever representative in either 15s or 7s at a World Cup, when she represented Australia in Russia. [1] She scored 6 tries at the 2013 World Cup.

Representative Honours include the Australian Championships Athletics, Australian Oztag, Oztag Under-18 World Cup (2012), Australian Youth Olympic Festival (2013), Youth Olympics (2014), Australian Rugby League team (Jillaroos)(2019) and Rugby League World Cup 9s (2019). [2] [3] [4] [5]

In 2019, Penitani was on the award voting panels for both the World Rugby Men's Sevens Player of the Year and the World Rugby Women's Sevens Player of the Year. [6]

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  4. "Rugby League World Cup 9s" . Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  5. "Rugby League Test Australia v New Zealand 2019" . Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  6. worldrugby.org. "World Rugby Awards Voting Panel". www.world.rugby. Retrieved 20 September 2019.