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Tyla Nathan-Wong (born 1 July 1994) is a New Zealand rugby sevens and touch rugby player. She made her debut for New Zealand's women's sevens in 2012 at the age of 18 and was the youngest player to be selected. She was a member of the New Zealand sevens team that won the women's 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Russia.[1][2]

Tyla Nathan-Wong
Tyla Nathan-Wong 2017-06-25.jpg
Date of birth (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 (age 25)
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Halfback
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012 Auckland Women's Sevens ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010–
2011
NZ Women's Touch team
NZ U19 Women's Touch Team
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2012–
2012
New Zealand
Maori Women's Sevens

In 2015, she was named New Zealand Sevens Player of the Year.[3] She began playing rugby when she attended Lynfield College.[4][5] She is of the Ngāpuhi tribe, and is also of Chinese and European descent. In 2013, she won the Junior Māori Sportswoman of the Year award and was a finalist for the same award in 2014.[6][7]

Nathan-Wong was selected for the women's sevens team to the 2016 Summer Olympics.[8]

In 2019, Wong was nominated as a World Rugby Women's Sevens Player of the Year having completed the season as the top goal kicker in the tournament.{Cite web|url=https://www.world.rugby/sevens-series/news/447646?lang=en%7Ctitle=World Rugby Sevens Players of the Year 2019 nominees announced|last=worldrugby.org|website=www.world.rugby|access-date=2019-09-20}}</ref>

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Napier, Liam (7 June 2013). "New Zealand Sevens World Cup squads named". Stuff.co.nz. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  2. ^ Young, Wendy (2 July 2013). "New Zealand are Women's RWC Sevens champions". Scrumhalf Connection.com. Archived from the original on 20 September 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  3. ^ Smith, Simon (14 January 2016). "Nathan-Wong gives it her all". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Rugbygirl – Tyla Nathan-Wong". www.rugbygirl.co.nz. Archived from the original on 16 August 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  5. ^ Mentjox, Lauren (27 April 2010). "Talented Tyla has a touch of class". New Zealand Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Archived from the original on 29 August 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  6. ^ Te Kāea (30 November 2013). "2013 Māori Sports Awards winners list". maoritelevision.com. Archived from the original on 14 August 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  7. ^ Day, Wikitōria (18 November 2014). "Womens Rugby Sevens player Tyla Nathan-Wong finalist for Te Tamāhine-a-Papatūānuku award". maoritelevision.com. Archived from the original on 14 August 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  8. ^ "New Zealand sevens squads named for Olympics". All Blacks.com. 3 July 2016. Archived from the original on 8 July 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016.

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