Another North Otago player has had a taste of a high-performance Maori rugby environment.
Shania Kohinga was invited to the Te Wai Pounamu under-18 wahine camp in Christchurch at the weekend.
The Waitaki Girls’ High School year 13 pupil followed in the footsteps of St Kevin’s College First XV lock Tama Wooldridge, who attended the New Zealand Maori under-18 camp earlier in the month.
Kohinga, an openside flanker who is also an accomplished touch referee, joined 30 other promising Maori rugby players at the two-day camp at Rehua marae.
The girls received one-on-one training, explored the links between Maoritanga and rugby, and finished by being split into two teams for a trial game.
Kohinga, who is of the Ngati Maniapoto and Ngati Tuwharetoa iwi, scored two tries in the trial game.