Meet the Rabbitohs Part 4

The South Sydney Rabbitohs women team have taken 2018 by storm in their inaugural year and you have been getting to know them over the last few weeks. 

Now here come the next bunch of stars that you need to get familiar with.

Nakia Davis-Welsh

 

"For me, it means a lot as Rabbitohs are my favourite team and majority of my family support and love Rabbitohs."

Nakia Davis-WelshSouth Sydney Rabbitohs fullback

Introducing one of the biggest stars of not just the South Sydney Rabbitohs but women's Rugby League.

Nakia Davis-Welsh is already a bonafide footy star at the age of just 22 and so far in 2018 and has been involved in nearly every level of Rugby League.  

Current Jillaroos fullback as well as NSW Origin number 1, Davis-Welsh has been lighting it up this season with incredible speed and footwork that makes her one of the most dangerous players in the game.  

Player profile

Name: Nakia Davis-Welsh

D.O.B: 22/05/1996

Place of Birth: Kempsey

Weight: 65 kg

Position: fullback

Rep Honours: Country, NSW, Jillaroo's

Instagram handle: nakiadaviswelsh_

Nickname: Kia

Family background/kids/etc: Two sisters Brandii & Latesha, brother Paul & Dog (child) - Tyga

When did you start playing Rugby League? At a young age playing backyard footy with my older brother and cousins.

What are your goals in Rugby league? To be playing the game for a long time and to inspire younger girls to want to play the game also.

Do you play other sports? I have played Touch football, rugby union, AFL, netball

Who has been the biggest influence on your career? My Family

What advice would you give kids wanting to play Rugby League? Come and try it out, it's the best game and you meet great people.

 

Mary Taupau

"Everything, I doubted myself but as soon as I got picked it motivated me more to do the best I can do."

Mary TaupauSouth Sydney Rabbitohs halfback

Mary Taupau is bright young half with big future ahead of her in the game. 

Born in New Zealand Taupau is a talented athlete with numerous skills to her bow. While just 20 years of age the halfback is currently stuck behind Jillaroos Maddie Studdon and Lavina O'Mealey but Taupau couldn't be happier learning from two of the best. 

Player profile

Name: Mary Taupau

D.O.B: 19/06/1997

Place of Birth: Auckland, New Zealand

Height: 172cm

Weight: 86kgs

Position: half

Junior Club: Manurewa Marlins

Instagram handle: marytupotaupau

Nickname: Mez

Background: New Zealand and Samoan

When did you start playing Rugby League? "Four years ago at school."

How did you start playing Rugby League? "With my friends."

What are your goals in Rugby League? "To grow more in League and learn more. Also to inspire other girls to play."

What advice would you give to kids wanting to play Rugby League? "Don't give up on your dreams, have faith!"

Do you play other sports? "Yes, Soccer was my first sport also Basketball, Volleyball and Oz Tag

Who has been the biggest influence on your career? "My older brother, he taught me everything I know about sports. He's my influence and someone I really look up to."

 

Donita Leifi

I'm excited to be apart of history in the making.

Donita LeifiSouth Sydney Rabbitohs Forward

Donita Leifi is damaging back-rower who made her debut midway through the season.

Another New Zealand born player Leifi only picked up Rugby League just a few years back but has loved the sport ever since giving in a crack. 

Player Profile

Name: Donita Leifi

D.O.B: 14/02/1990

Place of Birth: Auckland, New Zealand

Height: 172cm

Weight: 85kgs

Position: Second row

Junior Club: Otautau Leopards, New Zealand

Nickname: Dee

Work: Freight Forwarding/Logistic Industry

Background: New Zealand, Samoa

When did you start playing Rugby League? 2011

How did you start playing Rugby League? "Was encouraged by a friend to give it a go."

Do you play other sports? "Touch, Oztag and Basketball."

What are your goals in Rugby League? "Having the opportunity to play for NSW or New Zealand."

Who has been the biggest influence on your career? "My Dad and my Brother"

What advice would you give to kids wanting to play Rugby League? "Don't aspire to be the best on the team, aspire to be the best for the team."

 

Courtney Tallon

"Playing oz tag in the park, I wouldn't have dreamed of it. I moved to Australia in 2011 and have found a second family in sport. The Rabbitohs, the Grand Old Club, is leading the pathway development for young women in league. It's a club - and a family - with a proud history and a bright future. It's humbling to be a part of the ride."

Courtney TallonSouth Sydney Rabbitohs Winger

Here we have a very special player playing for the Red and Green. Courtney Tallon was born and raised in the United States of America and only picked up Rugby League two years ago.

Since then she has gone on to represent the Rabbitohs this year on a few occasions playing different position across the backline showing her versatility, which has been a huge asset this season for Souths. 

Player profile

Name: Courtney Tallon

Date of Birth: 31/05/1989

Place of birth: Toms River, New Jersey, United States

Height: 163cm

Weight: 70kg

Position: Wing / Utility

Instagram: ctallon

Nickname: Courts / Kotere

Work/Study: B.A., History, University of Colorado at Boulder, Facilities Manager at Wylie's Baths in Coogee

When did you start playing Rugby League? 2016

How did you start playing Rugby League? Started playing social oz tag

What are your goals in Rugby League? To be a consistent, reliable, and effective player for my teammates

What advice would you give junior girls and boys wanting to play Rugby League? Firstly, have fun and enjoy the game, the challenge, and playing with your friends. Secondly, there is nothing that happens on the football field that can't be related back to life: work hard, respect your adversaries, be there for your mates - you'll find success. Rugby league is the best fun but it will also make you a stronger, more resilient person if you let it.

Who has been the biggest influence on your career? I've had the good fortune of crossing paths with one or two tough but fair mentors and friends that have helped me immensely to develop as a player and a person.

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