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damn..another from the Blues.
so that's Kaino, Wulf, Munro, Mailau and now Toeava. The new Blues coach should really be doing a lot of homework during the iTM comp.
Posted 05:50 11th July 2012
tha_mai the guy is now 26, still not at his physical peak and you cut him down like he's 36 and has a whole rugby career behind him. With his injuries he still has some rugby years in the tank, so dn't be surprised when he comes back 28/29 and does the business with the ABs
Posted 08:52 09th July 2012
maybe the 'curse of the utility back'?
He started and ended his AB career as a fullback, but only played there 6 times, rest of the games midfield or on the wing, never 'held' a position was used as Mt Fixit most of the time.
And a correction, it's 36 tests and one AB match (v Munster).
Posted 11:43 08th July 2012
have some perspective, the man is a 38 cap all black! "never really made it" lol
Posted 14:16 07th July 2012
Some pretty good players heading to Japan at the moment!
Posted 05:13 07th July 2012
Desperatedly shy guy who always looked awkward in the limelight, but a hugely talented rugby player who just never made it. Maybe two years in Japan will be the making of him... beacuse it's always a shame when great potential is never fully achieved.
Posted 04:21 07th July 2012
Toeava - never an AB 'great' and not so memorable in the black jersey, injury after injury I'd say he has been available to play only about 50% of his career. The rest in Japan may give him a new lease on playing life, returning at 28 still a chance top level again.
and another Auckland loss - prop Tevita Mailau has signed to play rugby in France.
Posted 01:27 07th July 2012
Most over-rated player to ever wear the Black jersey. Got chance after chance,and only had about 2 decent games in the black jersey overall. He was a guy who was excellent at Super rugby level, but never translated that at test level. Will be a loss to Auckland rugby - but not for the ABs
Posted 21:03 06th July 2012
Disappointing on so many levels . I can see Kahui going the same way , equal talent and just as injury prone.
Posted 18:04 06th July 2012
iceman dont go super rugby needs stars like you! another blue aswell. this is getting a bit upsetting
Posted 16:19 06th July 2012
If he makes it through the 'light' pressures of an easier league such as in japan I can see him moving back to Nz in a couple of years as he's a really good player at 12, 13 or 15
Posted 14:20 06th July 2012
Talented player but sadly I don't think he ever lived up to his potential or hype at international level. A little surprised he played 38 test as he never held down a starting spot and was normally on the bench (the joys of being a utility player). Good luck to him anyway and you never know hes only 26, he could be back for another nz stint.
Your right his hip injuries have been a problem for a few season now. Bit of a risk for any club to take him on. If he gets fit though he'd be hard to stop at that level.
Posted 13:03 06th July 2012
Oh yay.. another loss.
When this guy is on form he is one of the most devastating players in the world... would be a much better known player if he wasnt so unlucky with injuries.
Anyway there'll be another one out The Rugby Factory to replace him soon enough.
Posted 10:35 06th July 2012
I'd worry about this guys future with his injury history.
Posted 10:31 06th July 2012
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