Joe Royal is a versatile front row forward who can effectively cover both sides of the scrum as well as hooker. It is that versatility as well as his ability to disrupt opposition scrums that has saw him selection in the Maori All Blacks for the first time in 2013, making his debut against the USA in Philadelphia.
Royal is of Te Arawa and Ngati Whatua I Orakei descent and played two seasons of first class rugby for North Harbour and club rugby in Auckland before transferring to Bay of Plenty, where he has taken a role as a regional rugby administrator, supporting rugby in the central Bay of Plenty region.
2013 v USA
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Bay of Plenty