SENE NAOUPU

Sene, an Ireland rugby international, is a force to be reckoned with. The New Zealand-born Samoan Irish centre has 48 caps for Ireland XV’s. She made her Irish debut in 2015 at the Six Nations Championship, where Ireland secured the title and also represented Ireland at the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup and 2019 Touch Rugby World Cup. Sene is one of a few players in the national women’s programme to represent Ireland in 7s, 15s, and Touch Rugby at its pinnacle events.

 

Sene is much more than her continuing impressive rugby career as she contributes to sport strategies for national governing bodies, both inside and outside rugby, Olympic federations and broadcasters. Sene has made it her mission to ensure the ongoing success of Irish rugby throughout her work. As a champion of equal opportunity in sport and business, she also works with global brands to promote the visibility of women and sport. In 2020 she was appointed to World Rugby’s Women’s Advisory committee representing International Rugby Players. She specialises in strategy and project management, utilising her sporting performance, bachelor of commerce in marketing management and communications, master of science in sport business management from UCD, and contract law qualifications. She is currently completing a professional doctorate in elite performance with DCU. Sene supported the development, delivery and evaluation of several global frameworks and policies to support the player journey in and out of rugby, when she was Head of Strategic Projects and Research at International Rugby Players in collaboration with World Rugby and national stakeholders.

 

In 2017 the Irish Times named her among Irelands’ 30 Most Influential Women’ and, in 2020, the Irish Examiner named her the 10th Most Influential Women in Irish Sport. In 2016 she was named the Guinness Rugby Writers Women’s Player of the Year and the IRUPA Women’s Player of the Year. Sene has an infectiously positive personality, experience in speaking engagements, broadcasting pinnacle regional and global competitions, and has a large and engaged audience on social media.