- Number: 314
- Position: Halfback
- Born: 19/09/94
- Height: 177
- Weight: 82
- Province: Tasman
- Provincial Caps: 52
- Provincial Points: 40
- Provincial Debut: 2016 v Waikato
- Blues Debut: 2020 v Hurricanes
- Blues Caps: 15
- Blues Points: 15
- Breakdown: 3 T
Born in Scotland, he moved to New Zealand aged seven and attended St Kentigern’s College in Auckland before heading to Canterbury to study. Christie is a former New Zealand gymnastics representative.
He played for the Chiefs making his debut against the Hurricanes in 2017 before opting to take up a contract with the Hurricanes where he made his debut in 2018 against the Sunwolves.
Christie went on to make 14 appearances during his time with the Hurricanes before returning home to the Blues for the 2020 season.
With plenty of St Kent’s alumni in the Blues squad, including Blake Gibson, Sam Nock, Dalton Papalii and Tanielu Tele’a, Finlay will find plenty of familiar faces to welcome him into the Blues family.
Christie was a key part of Tasman’s run to the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership final in 2017, and his familiarity with Leon MacDonald’s game plan and structures will mean the competition for the Number 9 jersey will be an exciting one for Blues fans to watch during the 2020 Super Rugby season.
Finlay’s debut occurred in the opening round of Super Rugby Aotearoa and a sold out Eden Park, with 43,000 fans turning up to watch a 30-20 victory over the Hurricanes. His first try came in an excellent display of speed and skill in Dunedin.
Finlay’s form saw him selected as starting Halfback for the South in the revived ‘North v South’ clash in Wellington, as well as securing a second consecutive Mitre 10 Cup title with the Tasman Mako.
Expect 2021 to be the year Christie establishes himself as a genuine force in Super Rugby Aotearoa.