20-year old Tamaki is the younger sister of All Blacks Sevens squad member Isaac Te Tamaki. One of three new caps this year, the former Hamilton Girls High School rugby captain first appeared in the back jersey during the Atlanta Sevens in April and quickly showed her tremendous leg speed and mind for the game. She says she can’t live without chocolate, but that shouldn’t stop her from achieving success as hooker for the New Zealand Sevens team at Rio.
NZ Women's Sevens (2016-present)
Rugby player and why: Teresa Te Tamaki - dedication behind the scenes to perform on the field
Earliest rugby memory: Being dragged along to watch my brother play.
Biggest influence on your rugby career and why: Crystal/Brent Kaua - taught me all the skills and helped shape me as a player.
Food: Don Buri
Movie: The Lion King
Holiday destination: Hawaii
Non-rugby sports team: Hamilton Girls High School Touch, Waikato Touch and Hamilton City Netball
Sporting hero: Isaac Te Tamaki
I hate it when... There's turbulence on a plane and your stomach drops
I can't live without... Chocolate
If I was a superhero I would be... Big Hero 6 because he helps everyone and looks like a marshmallow