Barely two weeks later, Tahuhu was also left out of the CWG squad.
“It’s an honour anytime to be able to put on the black shirt and it was my ambition to fight my way back in and to be given that opportunity now… it’s really exciting,” Tahuhu said on Monday. “Other people’s misfortune has given me this opportunity earlier than anyone would have expected, and I certainly feel a lot for the girls missing out on any tour and not being able to play for your country.
“There’s no denying that it was a tough situation a few weeks ago but I’m looking to put that behind me now and I’ve been given an opportunity to play again and I’m just really excited to get going with the girls in a week or so.
“Certainly, been a bit of a rollercoaster. Disappointed to miss out in the first place and I guess that dream of playing in the Commonwealth Games was gone, so to be reinstated over the last few days has certainly given another high. I’m really excited to be able to head over there.”
“It was weird sort of saying, ‘welcome back’, but she’s been great around the group, even just the couple of hours we’ve had here, so she’s going to play a big part for us”
Ben Sawyer on Lea Tahuhu
Though she wasn’t part of the original plans, Tahuhu could yet play a big role at the CWG.
“It’s just about the balance of the side. We got four injuries to the contracts list, three of which were bowlers,” Sawyer said. “We needed to cover that bowling, especially the pace bowling and with Lauren [out] as well, an allrounder was probably the best answer in that and Lea is obviously proven at that.
“Any experience is going to be welcome, and she’s fit in really easily today. It was weird sort of saying, ‘welcome back’, but she’s been great around the group, even just the couple of hours we’ve had here, so she’s going to play a big part for us.
“For me she’s a competitor and I can say that about a lot of the girls in the group so that’s what I was attracted to initially in the job. They’re very competitive and Lea typifies that. I’m really happy to have her in the squad and am looking forward to [see] what she can do.”