Leana de Bruin

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Leana de Bruin
Personal information
Full name Leana de Bruin (née du Plooy)
Born (1977-07-09) 9 July 1977 (age 39)
Bethlehem, Free State, South Africa
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Netball career
Playing position(s): GD, GK
Last updated: 13 June 2011

Leana de Bruin (née du Plooy) (born 9 July 1977) is a South African and New Zealand international netball player. De Bruin played 34 tests for South Africa before moving to New Zealand in 2000. She made her on-court debut for the Silver Ferns in 2003, and has gone on to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games and Netball World Championships, playing in the goal defence and goal keeper positions.[1] In 2009, she pulled out of the team due to pregnancy, before returning the following year.[2]

De Bruin played for the Southern Sting, Capital Shakers, Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic and the Northern Force in the National Bank Cup. With the start of the ANZ Championship in 2008, de Bruin stayed in Auckland with the new Northern Mystics franchise. The following year, she returned to the Magic in Hamilton, partnering in the defensive circle with Silver Ferns teammate Casey Williams.[3] De Bruin played most of the 2009 round-robin season before pulling out due to pregnancy. She returned to competitive netball the following year, signing with the Southern Steel for the 2010 season.[4][5]

She announced that she would retire from international netball in July 2016.


  1. ^ "Leana looks to get physical". The Sunday Star-Times. 4 November 2007. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Johannsen, Dana (30 July 2010). "Recalled trio in Ferns squad for Games". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Big changes ahead of de Bruin in Waikato". Waikato Times. 6 November 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Johannsen, Dana (4 September 2009). "De Bruin heading for Southern Steel". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Egan, Brendon (20 February 2010). "De Bruin getting back into gear". The Press. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 

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Preceded by
Liana Leota
ANZ Championship MVP
2011 winner
(with Natalie Medhurst)