Hei tenei wiki tākaro ai te toki mareikura nei o Ngāti Paoa a Laura Langman i tana tākaro mutunga rarauhe hiriwa mō naianei tōmua i tana whakatutuki kirimana e kotahi tau te roa me te karapu Sunshine Coast Lightning ki Ahitereria. Na tenei whakataunga ōna, kua aukatia ia e te uepu poitarawhiti o Aotearoa ki te takaro mō Aotearoa a tērā tau. Hei tā te ture, ki te tākaro tētahi ki te whakataetae ki Ahitereria, ka kore taua kaitākaro e āhei ki a kowhiria mō te kapa rarahu hiriwa.
Hei tā Langman, “I have probably kind of kept that in the back of my head, it is most important to focus on what's ahead because we have got a big challenge.”
Hei tā te kaiako rarauhe hiriwa, hei tā Janine Southby, kua whakawateahia a Langman.
Hei tā Southby, “I have been very impressed with the work-rate Laura brings and the energy and the real determination to be out there and be her best, and although she hasn't been in the official leader's role she has supported Katrina (Katrina Grant) really well in the vice-captain role.”
A me te mohio kaore he tākaro whakahirahira i te taumata a ao mō Aotearoa i tērā tau, ka hono atu a Langman ki te tauwhainga o reira. Heoi hei te rua mano ngahuru mā waru ka auraki mai a ia ki te wā kainga nei me te whainga, ki a tohua anō mō te whakataetae hoa whenua me te ipu o te ao rua mano ngahuru mā iwa.
E ai ki a Southby, “She certainly demands a lot of herself and sets high standards and I know it's going to be tough without her. I'd like to think when she comes back into this group this group has all moved on and can stand on their own two feet as well.”
Heoi ko te whāinga mō tenei wā ki a taurite ai ngā wikitoria, e rua ki ia kapa whai muri i tā rātou hingatanga i te tukinga tuatahi me te takaro tuatoru o te Constellation Cup, e ono tekau mā rua ki te rima tekau ki Tāmaki Makaurau i te rāhoroi.
Hei tā Langman, ko te kaupapa nui ko te kapa rarauhe hiriwa ka mutu, me hihiri te whakaaro i tā rātou ekenga rima tekau mā toru ki te rima tekau mā tahi ki a Ahitereria i te tuarua o ngā whakamatautau ki Launceston i te Wenerei kua pahure ake nei.
Hei tā tana hoa tata, kaitākaro o Aotearoa tā Maria Tutaia, ka mokemoke rātou mō te whakaihuwaka nei a Langman.
Hei tā Tutaia, “I take my hat off to her, she is going over to Aussie and following her heart and wanting to achieve something that I guess she has never achieved before. I guess Invercargill will be tough for her because she knows that next year won't be a possibility but Laura being Laura she will give it her all.”
Ka tākarohia te tuawhā o whakamatautau nei ki te taiwhanga ILT Stadium Southland, ki Murihiku.