|Weight||63kg (9st 12lb)|
Receiving a first cap for playing against the country of her birth was an unforgettable moment for La Toya Mason. She said: “I appeared against New Zealand in the first Test at Esher four years ago and was so nervous and emotional but it was also so amazing at the same time.”
Auckland-born La Toya advanced to 33 caps when playing in the 20-16 win over Wales at Aberavon in the final match of the 2013 Six Nations in March. Her appearances include a starting place in the 12-try defeat of Kazakhstan in the 2010 WRWC pool match. She made her first Test touchdown in that game early in the second half after exploiting a gap on the left wing and shared in all of England’s three consecutive Six Nations title triumphs from 2010-12.
She qualified for the Red Roses because all her grandparents were born in this country. Educated at Huapai Primary School, Massey High School and Auckland University of Technology, La Toya gained a Diploma in Sport and Recreation.
Her representative appearances include five for England A and her mentors have been Tammi Wilson, a former Auckland Storm and Black Fern player, Vania Lavea, a friend who gave her rugby guidance and the Marist Women’s team. Tana Umaga, the former All Black, is her most admired men’s player. La Toya’s top ground is Liston Park, Auckland.
She added: “I would love to be involved in another World Cup and continue playing for as long as I can. I want to be an ongoing part of developing women’s rugby.”
Last updated: March 19, 2013