Honey Hireme

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Honey Hireme
Date of birth (1981-05-03) 3 May 1981 (age 38)
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Weight82 kg (12 st 13 lb)
Rugby league career
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008-present Kiwi Ferns 0 (0)
Rugby union career
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2018-present St George Illawarra Dragons 0 (0)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Waikato ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014-present New Zealand 18 (75)
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2013 New Zealand -

Honey Hireme (born 3 May 1981) is a New Zealand rugby football player who has represented her country in rugby league, rugby sevens and rugby union. Due to her multi-sport career, Hireme has been referred to as Honey Bill Williams, in reference to her New Zealand male counterpart Sonny Bill Williams.[1][2]

Playing career[edit]

From Putaruru, South Waikato, Hireme played rugby league for Putaruru Dragons from 5 years old and then onto the senior womens grades playing for the Papakura Sea Eagles club in the Auckland Rugby League women's competition. She has represented Counties Manukau, Bay of plenty, Waikato and Waicoa Bay in the New Zealand Rugby League's women's competition over her 20 year career at representative level.[3]

In rugby union, she plays and coaches melville women's Premier rugby team and represents Waikato in the women's provincial championship.[3][4]

Hireme has played in four Rugby League world cups, she played for the Kiwiferns in the 2003 Women's world cup 2008 and 2013 World Cups.[3] She captained the team in 2013.[5] She was named in the world women's rugby league in all 4 world cup tournaments, and also awarded player of the Tournament in 2013. Honey played in the 2017 Rugby League world cup representing the kiwiferns finishing the tournament as the highest try scorer and finalist for player of the tournament.

Hireme has played for the New Zealand women's national rugby sevens team in the 2013 Rugby Sevens World Cup in Moscow.[5] She has also played for New Zealand on the IRB Women's Sevens World Series and represented New Zealand Maori in sevens.[6][7]

She made her New Zealand rugby union debut at the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup, where she was named to the World Cup Dream Team[8] and the World XV team.[5] In 2014, she also became one of New Zealand's first contracted sevens players.[5]

She competed in the Women’s Rugby Super Series 2013-2016.

In June 2018, Hireme joined the St George Illawarra Dragons women's team ahead of the inaugural NRL Women's Premiership commencing in September 2018.[9] Honey is the current Captain for the NZ women's rugby league team, co-captaining with Laura Mariu, between the pair they have over 36 years of experience at international level. Honey was awarded NZ womens rugby league player of the year in 2018 her third time winning top honours. Honey was also a finalist in 2018 for the International Womens Golden boot award


She was named the New Zealand Rugby League's women's player of the year in 2007, 2012 and 2017.[3] Gallagher Waikato sportswomen of the year 2013, 2014 Player of the Tournament Women's Rugby league world cup 2013 Waikato Sports women of the year 2014,2015 Waikato women's Rugby player of the year 2013,2014,2015,2016 Top try scorer and player of the tournament finalist for the 2017 Rugby league world cup


  1. ^ Michael Burgess (30 April 2013). "League: 'Honey Bill' eyes another World Cup". Herald on Sunday. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  2. ^ CALEY WILSON (9 November 2014). "'Honey Bill' has resume to put Sonny to shame". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Goile, Aaron (14 November 2012). "'Honey Bill Williams' is the centre of attention" – via Stuff.co.nz.
  4. ^ "Honey Hireme - allblacks.com".
  5. ^ a b c d Wilson, Caley (9 November 2014). "'Honey Bill' has resume to put Sonny to shame" – via Stuff.co.nz.
  6. ^ "'Honey Bill Williams' stars in rugby and league". 28 April 2013 – via New Zealand Herald.
  7. ^ "Honey Hireme: A force to be reckoned with - Fitness Journal". 9 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Womens RWC - #WRWC2014 Dream Team revealed after fan vote". web.archive.org. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Marquee quartet further boosts Dragons' Women's Premiership squad". Dragons.com.au. 13 June 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018.

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