Kapsin youngest to make sev­ens squad


‘‘Look­ing back now, I un­der­stand why he's al­ways pushed me be­cause I wouldn't be where I am with­out that. ’’

Sum­mer Loimata Kapsin grew up with rugby in her veins.

The only girl in a fam­ily of four boys who all played the game, and a dad that was de­voted to the sport, it was of no sur­prise that Sum­mer also fol­lowed in their foot­steps.

It started in her last two years at pri­mary school and grew to be more than just a game for the year 10 Mt Roskill Gram­mar School stu­dent.

Sum­mer and three Mt Roskill Gram­mar team-mates - Leilani Fuikefu, Lovely Pu­lotu and Cheyanne Takau - helped their team win the Auck­land Club Sev­ens in the women’s di­vi­sion on Novem­ber 5.

Hold­ing their own against much older and ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers, the four went on to be se­lected into the Auck­land un­der18 team.

Sum­mer and Leilani also made the 16-mem­ber Auck­land women’s sev­ens squad.

Sum­mer was the youngest to make the cut.

‘‘I grew up watch­ing my brothers play rugby and I al­ways went along with my par­ents to sup­port their games,’’ the 15-year- old says.

‘‘One day I thought, I want my par­ents to come and sup­port me too.’’

Sum­mer plays sev­eral po­si­tions - hooker, flanker, cen­tre and half­back - but she’s most com­fort­able in the No 2 jersey.

‘‘I like the phys­i­cal con­tact, get­ting dirty.

‘‘I am most com­fort­able around the ruck area, do­ing all the dirty work with the for­wards and let­ting the faster girls do the rest.’’

Her fa­ther Til­lam Kapsin is also her school’s rugby coach.

‘‘Dad never takes it easy on me at train­ing,’’ Sum­mer says.

‘‘As the coach’s daugh­ter, he ex­pects so much from me and there are times when I get an­gry.

‘‘He never lets my brothers take it easy on me ei­ther when we play rugby, I get tack­led just as hard. Which is good be­cause I don’t ex­pect any­thing less, I tackle just as hard back.

‘‘Look­ing back now, I un­der­stand why he’s al­ways pushed me be­cause I wouldn’t be where I am with­out that.’’

Sum­mer dreams about play­ing rugby pro­fes­sion­ally when she’s older and hopes to con­tinue mak­ing her fam­ily proud, es­pe­cially her late grand­mother Loimata and un­cle Holy­field.

Mt Roskill Gram­mar’s fan­tas­tic four. From left: Leilani Fuikefu, Lovely Pu­lotu, Sum­mer Kapsin and Cheyanne Takau. Sum­mer Kapsin.

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