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The Beginning Of A Legacy...

Matatū, is a name gifted that has been proudly carried forward by the South Island Women’s Super Rugby team, representing both the Crusaders and Highlanders regions for the first time in 2022.

"Matatū is an instructive command to remain steadfast with head held high, alert and ready to take on any and every challenge head on. The term Matatū speaks to the mana Aoraki holds as the enduring watchful guardian of all those who reside in Te Waka o Aoraki (South Island.) "

In 2022, twenty-nine women were selected for the inaugural Matatū squad and given the opportunity, for the first time, to be paid professional rugby players marking a huge step forward in gender equity within sport in Aotearoa.


2024 Matatū Squad

Alana Bremner (C) 
Amy Du Plessis
Amy Rule
Atlanta Lolohea
Charlotte Woodman*
Chey Robins-Reti
Cheyenne Cunningham
Di Hiini
Eilis Doyle
Emma Dermody
Fiaali'i Solomona*
Georgia Cormick
Georgia Ponsonby
Grace Brooker
Holly Wratt-Groeneweg*
Kaipo Olsen-Baker*
Kendra Reynolds
Laura Bayfield*
Leah Miles
Liv McGoverne
Lucy Jenkins
Maia Joseph*
Marcelle Parkes
Martha Mataele
Moomooga Ashley Palu
Pip Love
Rosie Kelly
Stacey Niao*
Tegan Hollows*
Winnie Palamo*

*first Matatū contract


2024 Results

R1: Saturday 2nd March nib Blues 24 vs Matatū 17

R2: Saturday 9th March Hurricanes Poua 36 v Matatū 29

R3: Saturday 16th March Chiefs Manawa 38 v Matatū 22

R4: Saturday 23rd March nib Blues 27 v Matatū 17 

R5: Friday 29th March Hurricanes Poua 37 v Matatū 17 

R6: Saturday 6th April Chiefs Manawa 20 v Matatū 22 



Matatū players selected for Black Ferns Pacific Four Series Squad 2024:

Marcelle Parkes (Prop)

Georgia Ponsonby (Hooker)

Amy Rule (Prop)

Alana Bremner (Loose Forward)

Kaipo Olsen-Baker (Loose Forward) 

Maia Joseph* (Halfback)

Amy du Plessis (Midfielder)


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