Kendra Cocksedge is the most capped Black Fern of all time and their record point scorer who recently announced her retirement from rugby after a stellar career.
In 2019 she became the first female player to win the Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Trophy for New Zealand rugby player of the year. She was also recognised by World Rugby as the International Women’s Player of the Year in 2015 and was named as part of the World Rugby Team of the Decade for the 2010s.
Growing up playing with boys in Taranaki from the age of four, Kendra turned away from a promising cricket career when she was called up by the Black Ferns in 2007 and learned valuable lessons from nine years sitting on the bench. Eventually she rose to the very top of the game leading the haka in Christchurch in front of her proud parents and enjoying a fairtyale end to her domestic rugby career. But Kendra is not done yet, with one more World Cup assignment ahead of her.
This episode was in paid partnership with Rexona, with Kendra charting her experiences in overcoming barriers along her journey in association with Rexona’s NotDoneYet campaign.
Show notes | Episode 97 | Kendra Cocksedge
8:59: A few tales from Kendra: school days, prank wars, axes and bike ramps
17:08: Leading the haka
23:11: Celine Dion
25:52: A fairytale finish to a Canterbury career
31:16: Back to barefoot rugby in Okato
41:34: The cricket career that could have been
45:58: Entering the Black Ferns environment at age 19
51:01: Mental health
54:17: Playing in Club footy
55:44: Nine years as a back up Black Fern
58:20: Taking a break from rugby
59:36: The changing perceptions of women’s rugby
1:07:07: Winning the World Rugby Player of the Year in 2015…
1:10:34 …and then backing it up with the Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Trophy in 2018
1:19:47: The effect of Covid-19 on Kendra
1:21:35: If you can see it you can be it
1:24:18: The physical toll of 30 years in rugby
1:31:22: Last words from Steven, Seamus and Kendra
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