Christine Papali'i

Christine Papali'i (born 30 July 1962) is a former New Zealand rugby union player. She played for the Black Ferns and Auckland. She made her debut for New Zealand against the California Grizzlies at Christchurch on 22 July 1989.[1]

Christine Papali'i
Date of birth (1962-07-30) 30 July 1962 (age 60)
Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
Height1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)
Rugby union career
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Auckland ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1989–1992  New Zealand 5 (0)

Papali'i featured at RugbyFest 1990 against the Netherlands, the United States and a World XV.[1] She also played club rugby for Ponsonby.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Papali'i is the mother of Phoenix Karaka who plays for the Silver Ferns.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Christine Papalii #13". Retrieved 1 February 2022.
  2. ^ "Ponsonby Rugby Club – Black Ferns". Retrieved 1 February 2022.
  3. ^ Stanley, Ashley (13 May 2019). "ANZ Premiership: Phoenix Karaka rises from tough blow to lead the Mystics". Stuff. Retrieved 1 February 2022.