One half of Canterbury’s only sibling duo to represent the Kiwi Ferns, Somma Te Kahu debuted for New Zealand in 1998 and featured in the 2000 World Cup triumph before being joined in the national side by her sister, Tessa, in 2001-02.

The Papanui flyer was on the wing during the Ferns’ 1998 home series against Great Britain. Despite missing the tour to Australia the following season, Te Kahu turned out in all four games of New Zealand’s 2000 World Cup campaign, including the 26-4 victory over Great Britain in the Warrington-hosted final.

Somma was a try-scorer in one-off matches against Australia in 2001 and New Zealand Māori in 2002, playing alongside Tessa in both.

Prominent in the local touch rugby community, Te Kahu also represented Canterbury in rugby union.