At home playing in the halves or at hooker, Raquel Anderson turned out for the Kiwi Ferns at Test
level in 2017 and ’19.
Tokoroa-born Anderson was a New Zealand touch rep and starred for the Waikato rugby union side
in the Sevens and 15-a-side formats.
The Manurewa Marlins ball-player earned national honours in rugby league for the first time in
2017, featuring for the Kiwi Ferns in a RLWC warm-up match against Māori Wāhine Toa before
scoring a try and kicking a goal on Test debut at the tournament in a 38-0 defeat of Papua New
Guinea. Anderson wore the No.7 against the Orchids before featuring at hooker in the 76-0 win over
A key member of the Marlins’ 2017-18 Auckland grand final victories, Anderson was picked up by the
Warriors for the inaugural NRLW campaign in 2018 and came off the bench against St George
Illawarra – scoring a try – and Brisbane. She was chosen in the Kiwi Ferns’ squad for the subsequent
Test against the Jillaroos but was not selected in the match-day 17.
The 27-year-old returned to the New Zealand line-up for the mid-2019 Test against Fetu Samoa.
Originally named at five-eighth, Anderson played 19 minutes off the bench in the 46-8 victory.