Tanerau Latimer

Tanerau Latimer


  • Number: 258
  • Position: Flanker
  • Born: 06/05/86
  • Height: 1.83m
  • Weight: 101kg
  • Province: Bay of Plenty
  • Provincial Debut: 2005 v Southland
  • Blues Debut: 2016 v Sharks
  • Blues Caps: 5 (118 SR)
  • Test Caps: 5
  • Test Debut: 2009 v France

Tanerau Latimer brings more than 10 years of Super Rugby experience to the Blues. The Te Puke born Loose Forward was a strong leader for the Chiefs from 2007 to 2014 and became a Super Rugby centurion while with the team. After the 2014 season, Latimer took up a contract with Japanese side Toshiba Brave Lupus.

Latimer made history in 2004 when he debuted for the New Zealand Sevens team at the age of 17, the youngest player to do so. He’s been playing first-class rugby since 18, starting with the Bay of Plenty Steamers during the 2005 provincial season. In 2006, he helped the New Zealand Sevens team bring home gold from the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. He’s played five caps for the All Blacks and New Zealand Maori.

Latimer was described as the “heart and soul of a team” by former teammate Liam Messam. He is a natural leader who mentors and supports his teammates, while also training with integrity and diligence.