Rugby hooker who joined up with the All Blacks group in 2002. He debuted in Super Rugby while playing for the Crusaders in 2001. He was called New Zealand rugby participant of the entire year in 2008 despite getting convicted of eliminating a protected hair seal. He grew up in Dunedin, New Zealand. He performed in the Rugby Globe Glass in 2011, the same calendar year that Sam Warburton became the youngest participant to be called rugby captain in the same competition.