Other Black Ferns

Other Black Ferns

Four Black Ferns have played for Ponsonby but were only selected for New Zealand from other clubs. Click on the link above for the complete list, or on the player's name for a full profile.

Shannon Andrew played for New Zealand in 1996 as a Marist player but left New Zealand soon afterwards and lived in Britain for some time. She returned to New Zealand in an effort to win World Cup selection in 2002 but missed out, and later returned to the UK. A winger, Andrew had plenty of speed and finishing ability.

Sandy Yates was chosen for New Zealand while playing in Counties-Manukau in 2001. She came to Auckland and played briefly for Ponsonby, appearing in a few matches for Auckland B in the years when they also participated in the NPC. An outside back, Yates returned to Counties-Manukau after her short spell in Auckland club rugby.​​​​​​​

Lydia Crossman, who had appeared for New Zealand from Hawke's Bay in 2012 and College Rifles a year later, played for Ponsonby in 2019 and added a veteran presence to an otherwise young forward pack. Her form and experience were both invaluable in Ponsonby's  championship challenge, which eventually died only in the last minute of the semi-final against Marist.

Huriana Manuel, a long-time Black Fern from Auckland Marist, joined the club in 2019 with husband Derek Carpenter, who had played out his Japanese contract and returned home. Both midfielders, they added experience and strength to the respective Premier sides as well as becoming leading off-field figures.