Moala to earn 50

Moala to earn 50

Twenty-five-year-old George Moala will chalk up his 50th game for the Blues when he starts in the Investec Super Rugby clash against the Kings at Port Elizabeth.

Moala will earn the special honour of his 50th cap before he has played 50 games for his provincial side, Auckland.

The former Tamaki College and Glenn Innes schoolboy was selected for Tonga in the 2010 IRB Under-20 World Cup in Argentina.

He was selected for Auckland the following year and made the Blues for the first time in 2012. He was the standout player for the Blues in 2013, where he played on the left wing for most of the year.

It took until 2015 season to establish himself in the midfield, in an eye-catching year where he chalked up 60 tackle busts and over 900 run metres.

The 104kg 1.88m powerhouse was rewarded with selection to the All Blacks for their historic Test against Samoa at Apia earlier this year.

That came off the back of a stunning provincial season where he was voted the ITM Cup player of the year.

Moala made his All Blacks debut in 2015 against Samoa, starting on the right wing. He was impressive in his first outing in the black jersey, securing a try in the 25-16 win and is likely to have the selectors looking at him again in 2016.

During the ITM Cup, Moala was in great form and topped the individual tryscorers’ ledger with his 10 during the season as Auckland made the Final.

In the absence of an injured Rene Ranger, out for the rest of the season, Moala is the most capped back in the Blues and takes up a senior role in the youthful side.