Tiana Davison making big strides in rugby
8 May, 2018
Taranaki’s Tiana Davison has known rugby all her life.
“I started playing rugby when I was three. Mum and dad took my up the club and I got out there and went from there.”
Both her parents played the game and her father played representative schools rugby in Australia. Her younger sister is also lacing up the rugby boots now too.
So it was with immense pride that Tiana donned the coveted black jersey recently to represent New Zealand at the Oceania U18 Sevens Championship tournament in Sydney.
New Zealand beat Australia 21-7 in the final, which qualifies them to compete at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, in Argentina later this year – pending the NZOC’s approval for the team to participate.
Needless to say, Tiana and her teammates are jumping at that opportunity, should it arise.
The Oceania tournament was supposed to be a five-team event, but Samoa and Papua New Guinea were late withdrawals. So it turned into a tri-series between New Zealand, Australia and Fiji.
Tiana, who is year 13 at Sacred Heart Girls' College, New Plymouth, explained the trip.
“We started with a camp in Auckland before flying to Sydney. We played Fiji and Australia twice over two days and then played Australia in the final. We won all games except the second one against Australia.”
Tiana started four of the five games and was rested in the second Fiji game.
Tiana plays as a working prop in sevens rugby and as a flanker or No.8 in 15s.