- Number: 304
- Position: Hooker
- Born: 05/01/92
- Height: 180
- Weight: 103
- Province: Bay of Plenty
- Provincial Debut: 2015 v Southland
- Blues Debut: 2020 v Chiefs
- Blues Caps: 21
- Blues Points: 35
- Breakdown: 7 T
Kurt Eklund made his debut for Auckland against Southland in 2015. He played a number of Mitre 10 Cup games for the blue and white hoops before a serious knee injury that saw Eklund out of the game for 14 months. The 27-year-old has recovered from his injuries and moved to the Bay of Plenty, providing stiff competition to Nathan Harris.
Eklund resembles the old breed of rugby player. A hard-grafting uncompromising hooker who has no fear of putting his body on the line for his team.
The hooker, nicknamed Kurty E uses his 1.80m and 105kg frame as a battering ram in the tight stuff but has no problem showing a turn of pace when needed out wide or on the break.
Kurty made his debut for the Blues against the Chiefs in Round 3 of the 2020 Super Rugby season. He scored his first try in Round 6 of Super Rugby Aotearoa against the Hurricanes at the Cake Tin.
Kurt’s form in 2020 saw him selected as the third hooker in the North squad for the revived ‘North vs South’ clash.
Eklund become a fan favourite after his man of the match performance against the Chiefs which saw him “Boof” his full Blue powerade on TV.
Blues fans can be excited to see where Kurt Eklund takes his game in 2021.