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Kayla McAlister (born 6 August 1988) is a New Zealand netball and rugby sevens player. She has previously played for the Northern Mystics in 2011,[1] and was a training partner in 2012, and currently plays for the NZ Women's Rugby Sevens team.[2] In 2013, McAlister was named the World Rugby Women's Player of the Year.[3]

Kayla McAlister
Team USA women's rugby sevens vs. New Zealand (28794965591).jpg
Date of birth (1988-08-06) 6 August 1988 (age 31)
Height1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight71 kg (157 lb)
Notable relative(s)Charlie McAlister (father)
Luke McAlister (brother)
Rugby union career
Position(s) forward
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2012– New Zealand IRBWSWS

Of Māori descent, McAlister affiliates to the Te Āti Awa iwi.[4] She is the sister of former All Black Luke McAlister.[5]


  1. ^ "Netball: Mystics pull off a coup with newest recruit – Sport – NZ Herald News". 16 September 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  2. ^ The Crimson Hat (15 September 2010). "McAlister's sister to play for Mystics – Netball News". TVNZ. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  3. ^ "World Rugby Sevens Players of the Year 2019 nominees announced". Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  4. ^ "43 Māori athletes to head to Rio Olympics". Te Karere. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  5. ^ The Crimson Hat (20 July 2012). "McAlister's sister into womens Sevens squad – Sevens News". TVNZ. Retrieved 11 December 2012.

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