Toka Natua

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Toka Natua
Date of birth (1991-11-22) 22 November 1991 (age 31)
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) [1]
Weight96 kg (15 st 2 lb)
Rugby league career
Position(s) Prop
International career
YearsTeamApps(Points)
2022 Cook Islands ()
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Provincial / State sides
YearsTeamApps(Points)
2014–2020 Waikato 36 (25)
International career
YearsTeamApps(Points)
2015–2020 New Zealand 24 (25)
Medal record
Women's rugby union
Representing Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Women's Rugby World Cup
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2017 Ireland Team competition

Toka Natua (born 22 November 1991) is a New Zealand rugby footballer. She has represented New Zealand in rugby union and the Cook Islands in rugby league. She plays for the Blues Women in the Super Rugby Aupiki competition.

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Rugby career

2015

Natua made her debut for the New Zealand women's national rugby union team, the Black Ferns, in 2015 against Canada. [2]

2017

Natua scored a hat-trick and was also cited for foul play, in New Zealand's victory over England in the final of the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup. [3] [4] She then represented the Cook Islands at the 2017 Women's Rugby League World Cup in Australia. [5]

2019–20

In 2019, she was part of the Black Ferns team that won the Women's Rugby Super Series. [6] In 2020, she was named in the Black Ferns squad that took on the New Zealand Barbarians in Waitakere. [7] [8]

2023

Natua joined the Blues Women for the 2023 Super Rugby Aupiki season. [9] [10] At the end of 2023, she will be joining her partner, Pita Gus Sowakula, and their one-year-old daughter in Clermont, France. [11] [12] She will be signing with the Clermont women’s side. [13] [14]

Personal life

Natua is of Cook island descent and was born in Tokoroa. She is a graphic designer. [15]

Honours

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