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The Roosters have landed US Rugby 7s representative Liz Tafuna for the upcoming 2024 season.

Spotted by recruits at the NRL’s Talent Combine in Las Vegas earlier this year, the 21-year-old is in line to become the first American to play in the NRLW after signing with the Roosters.

Born in New Zealand, Tafuna began playing rugby union after her family moved to Utah and has represented the US in sevens and the 15-aside version of the code.

Relocating to Australia for the NRLW pre-season commencing in June, coach John Strange said expects Tafuna to have a big impact on the 2024 competition.

“Liz stood out to me with her speed, footwork, ball skills and toughness and I believe that she has the physical attributes to play our game at the highest level,” Strange said.

“Most importantly, Liz has demonstrated a huge desire to test herself in the NRLW and I have no doubt that with hard work, she can have a great impact on this year’s NRLW competition.”

She will join a number of fellow Kiwi wāhine including Amber-Paris Hall, Mya Hill-Moana, Otesa Pule, and Tiana Davison at the Sydney Roosters.