A powerful and explosive prop with an impressive running game, John Afoa has been a regular All Black since 2008 and joined the All Blacks for the 2010 Investec Tri Nations after playing for the New Zealand Barbarians against the New Zealand Maori in the Sealord New Zealand Maori Centenary Series.
He was again called up for the 2011 squad for tests against Fiji and the Investec Tri Nations, and earn't his 100th Investec Super Rugby cap against the Waratahs.
The AUT Business Graduate showed his versatility in that game by appearing at hooker. He also wore the number 2 jersey in matches for Auckland in the 2010 ITM Cup. During the Investec Tri Nations he made two appearances off the bench, in Johannesburg and Sydney and scored a fantastic debut try for the All Blacks against Wales on the end of year Telecom BackingBlack Grand Slam Tour of the Northern Hemisphere.
Afoa first made a New Zealand national side when he was named in the Under 16 side in 1999. He also played for New Zealand Schools in 2000 and 2001.
A member of the New Zealand Under 21 World Cup-winning side in 2003, his outstanding performance at the age grade World Cup in England was acknowledged and he was included in the IRB’s Team of the Tournament along with three other New Zealanders.
He hit top-honours in 2005 when selected in the All Blacks for the Philips Tri Nations. However he had to wait until the ‘Grand Slam’ tour to the United Kingdom and Ireland before taking the field in the black jersey.
2005 v Ireland in Dublin
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• Scored his debut try for the All Blacks against Wales in 2010.
• Played every minute of the Blues’ 2006 Rebel Sport Super 14 season, the only forward to do so. Has played in 30 consecutive Super 14 games.
• Started in the first two matches on the Junior All Blacks tour to Australia in 2005, against the Queensland Reds and Australia A.
• Made his debut for Auckland aged 18 years and 10 months.
• Was a student at Auckland's St. Kentigern College, where he played first XV rugby alongside fellow All Blacks Josevata Rokocoko and Jerome Kaino.
• Signed with Irish club Ulster from 2012.