The rugby Princess kicking up a storm

Princess Elliot's family moved from small-town Kawerau to the big smoke, so the young teen could make her name in netball. But now she's bewitched by rugby, with the very real dream of becoming a Black Fern Sevens star.

Remember this name: Angel Praise Princess Elliot. Or simply, Princess. Given her name by parents who saw her as a gift from heaven, Princess Elliot looks to also have been blessed with celestial talents on the sports field. The 18-year-old, whose family moved from Kawerau so she could play elite school netball in Auckland, has now changed direction to become one of the most promising young rugby players in the country. Her childhood dream to become “a Silver Fern, a doctor and a singer” has changed to becoming a Black Ferns Sevens star. It’s all happened in a flash for the young speedster – who played her first game of sevens last year, and her first rugby 15s match this year. And she didn’t debut with just any team – the Mt Albert Grammar School student has become a regular on the wing for the Auckland Storm in the Farah Palmer Cup premiership, and this weekend will play in the final against defending champs Canterbury.