Eight-year-old Kaydence Benjamin has been selected in the Under 10 mixed team to represent New Zealand at the Oceania Heritage Cup in Australia.
Kaydence Benjamin dreams of one day running onto the rugby field, as a Black Fern. At eight-years-old, she's already taken a significant step towards fulfilling that dream. Kaydence has been named in the Tag20 under 10 mixed team to represent New Zealand at the Oceania Heritage Cup in Melbourne, Australia.
There were 40 other contenders at the trial and Kaydence was named in the final 14 to travel to Australia.
She was the only player selected from the Waikato, the rest of the kids are from Auckland. Her dad Ben Wong Sam was so excited when he heard the news. "It was announced on social media, but I didn't check until I got up at 5.30 the following morning for work.
"I couldn't contain my excitement, so I woke her up – which she wasn't too happy about."Kaydence trialled against 40 others to be named in the final 14 to travel to Australia. She went through two hours of skills, fitness, drills and then finished with a game, Wong Sam said. "We're over the moon happy."It's a very proud moment for our family."
Her selection follows, the Tag20 Junior Pacific Cup rugby tournament, which was held in Auckland in March. Kaydence was the top try scorer for her team the New Zealand Wolves, contributing five tries over the duration of the tournament.
One day she'd like to go to the Olympics and play for the New Zealand Women's Sevens team, like her idol Portia Woodman.
"I'm going to keep fit and keep running and training with my team," Kaydence said. "I played good at the trial and I have the skills and support from my mum and dad."
During the rugby season, Kaydence plays for the Huntly Wolves, which is affiliated with the Huntly Junior Rugby Club.
The Oceania Heritage Cup begins on November 30 and is held over three days.
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