Stolba back on home soil

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Hannah Stolba missed one very specific thing about her home country.
Mexican food.
The North Otago and Otago Spirit rugby player wasted no time tucking into a good burrito when she returned to Denver last week after six months in Oamaru.
“I missed my dogs and my partner a lot being in New Zealand but one of the funnier things was good Mexican food,” Stolba told the Oamaru Mail in an email.
“We have such a large Latino population here in Denver that good Mexican food is abundant. That immigration hasn’t really found its way to New Zealand.”
Stolba was one of the highest-profile imports in North Otago rugby.
The United States international starred at first five-eighth for North Otago in the Dunedin club competition before sustaining an ankle injury, and played fullback for the Spirit in the women’s national championship when she returned.
Stolba grew to love Oamaru and the South.
“I really loved the pace of the South Island in all aspects. I loved seeing sheep every day, I loved getting to look at the farming life and the people were the absolute highlight.
“I definitely hope to come back. I would love to come back in a coaching capacity at some point to learn and grow there but I would also love to live on a farm again.
“The whole experience was really amazing. The land itself is so beautiful and wild in so many places.”
Stolba arrived back in the United States in time to finish the club rugby season in Denver.
“We have had the best club in the States for the last two years running and we are trying to claim that title for a third year in a row.
“I will be focusing on playing mostly for the next year or so and doing some coaching in various capacities on the side.”