Fast, determined and reliable, Lesley Ketu made a welcome return to top-level rugby in 2014 after a long break from the game. She returned to the Black Ferns environment in 2017 for the first time since 2015.
In 2014 Ketu started every provincial match for Waikato on the openside flank as Waikato progressed to the Final for the first time since re-joining the WPC in 2012. She was also named in Waikato’s 2014/15 sevens squad, with the selectors attracted by her speed and ability to pick and go. She previously appeared in Waikato squads as a teenager in 2004 and 2005.
During her time away from rugby, Ketu earned a Bachelor’s degree in Management Studies at Waiikato University. She is the Women’s Rugby Development Officer based in Bay of Plenty.
Rugby ground: Waikato Stadium
Rugby player and why: Richie McCaw - selfless, dies for his team, and he puts the team and the jersey first.
Earliest rugby memory: 10 years old, I tried to take on my older brother Steve and he smashed me, winded me for five minutes.
Best rugby memory: Running out for my first cap as a Black Fern, signing the national anthem and doing the haka.
Biggest influence on your rugby career and why: Mum, Dad and older brother Steve. Endless support and drive me to be better.
Movie: The Notebook
Holiday destination: Bora Bora, Turkey, Greece. Would love to bakcpack South East Asia.
Sporting hero: My mum - 4 kids later was asked to trial for the Silver Ferns. She's just inspirational.
If I could meet one person, it would be (and why)... Angelina Jolie, so we could talk about Brad Pitt.
I hate when... People push in front of me or go down the merging lanes to push in front - gives me road rage like crazy.
I can't live without... My fiance - he cooks all my food!
If I was a superhero I would be... Richie McCaw
If I wasn't a Sevens rugby player I would be... A sports journalist