Afa Fa’atau

The winger played for the Wellington Lions in 2013 and as a replacement in 2014. He also has experience playing for the Wellington Sevens and played club rugby in Ireland. Formerly from Rongotai College and St Patrick’s College, Afa Fa’atau is the cousin of Lome Fa’atau and is related to Julian Savea.

05 Apr 2017

Q&A with Pauliasi Manu

Tongan-born Aucklander Pauliasi Manu is back in blue this year after a number of seasons south of the Bombays with the Chiefs. We caught up with the powerful scrummager ahead of our game against the Highlanders in Dunedin. What’s your favourite meal? A full pig on a spit, with taros and heaps of other vegetables. […]

Brandon Nansen

Brandon Nansen was an Auckland Under 16 and Under-18 representative from Sacred Heart College, who earned selection to the New Zealand Schools side that included the likes of Ardie Savea, Patrick Tuipulotu and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. Brandon moved across the Bridge to the North Shore club and has represented North Harbour for the last three years. […]

Bryn Hall

The North Harbour captain and former New Zealand U20 representative has become known for his strong passing game, decisiveness in open play and attacking style of rugby. He captained the St Peter’s College First XV in 2010. Hall has faced a number of injury setbacks over recent years. He broke his jaw while playing for […]

10 May 2017

Blues v Cheetahs Super Rugby Preview

Our Blues are set to return to Eden Park after two wins on the road in Australia, desperate to keep their winning streak going against the visiting Cheetahs from South Africa. The Cheetahs, on the other hand, will be desperate to get out of a rut that’s seen them lose seven straight games in a […]

Declan O’Donnell

After staring for Hamilton Boys High School 1st XV, O’Donnell excelled in sevens post school and became a NZ Sevens star in 2010 and 2011. Signed for the Chiefs in 2012 and Highlanders in 2013, but sidelined with injury for much of next two years. He moved from Waikato to Taranaki this year where he […]

04 May 2017

Francis returns against Waratahs

A virtually unchanged team has been named for the second leg of their Australian tour against the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday. First-five Piers Francis has been cleared of the wrist injury that ruled him out last weekend’s Super Rugby match against the Brumbies on the day of the game. Francis, who has been selected […]

Ben Lam

Lam was a latecomer to rugby, yet made up for lost time almost immediately after leaving high school. He grew up pursuing athletics at St Peter’s College, specifically the 100m (breaking 11 seconds), 200m and long jump and has used that speed and strength to dominate the wing in both Sevens and Rugby. Lam was […]