Tamaki College’s latest All Black is Wellington and Hurricanes forward, Vaea Fifita.
An athletically gifted player, Fifita has strode and hurdled his way into national prominence over the past two seasons. At Tamaki, the tall young lock/loose forward excelled, becoming an integral part of the 1st XV. Even at that stage, it was clear that he was a special talent.
After finishing school, Vaea attended the International Rugby Academy of New Zealand in Palmerston North, and was coached and mentored by former All Black loose forward, Murray Mexted. He then moved to Wellington, and the Wellington Rugby Club, Mexted’s old club.
In 2013, he was in the Wellington Lions squad for the Mitre 10 Cup. He led the Wellington Sevens team to the national title a year later. He was called into the Hurricanes in 2015 and last year appeared in all 18 matches as the team swept the competition to win the Super Rugby competition.
We were so proud to see Vaea make his test debut against Samoa on 16 June, scoring a try in the 78-0 whitewash.