Masoe is a genuine loose forward all-rounder, with the size, strength and speed to play at the top level in any of the three back-row spots. He is a key member of the Hurricanes loose trio, with the rare aibility to play equally well in each of the three positions. His dynamic, all-action style, coupled with an incredible work-rate make him a real handful for the opposition, particularly at open-side flanker, where he most often appears. Masoe made his All Blacks debut on the end-of-year UK & Ireland Tour in 2005, and carried his dynamic form over into the 2006 Rebel Sport Super 14 for the runner-up Hurricanes. In 2005, Masoe made two appearances for the Junior All Blacks in Australia, scored the first try for Taranaki against the British & Irish Lions and went on to display some great form for the amber-and-blacks in the Air New Zealand NPC. New Zealand Representative Teams New Zealand Divisional XV in 2000 New Zealand Sevens in 2001, 2002, 2004 Junior All Blacks in 2005 All Blacks in 2005, 2006 Career Notes • Started in both of his All Blacks Test matches in 2005, against Wales and England. • His three tries for Taranaki in 2005 led the team; scored one in the amber-and-blacks loss to the British & Irish Lions. • Had not missed an Air New Zealand NPC game in three years until injuries decimated his 2003 season. Started every match in 2004 but missed two in 2005. • Played in 21 consecutive tournaments for the New Zealand Sevens team, culminating in a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games at Manchester in 2002. • His all-round ability earned him the Taranaki Sportsman on the Year in 2002 and in the same year he was named New Zealand Sevens Player of the Year. • His brother Maselino Masoe is a professional boxer and, until recently, was the WBA Middleweight World Champion.
2005 v Wales at Cardiff
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Match Record by Year (+) = substitute; (-) = replaced 2005 Nov 5 v Wales at Cardiff 41-3 (-) Nov 19 v England at London 23-19 2006 Jun 24 v Argentina at Buenos Aires 25-19 Jul 8 v Australia at Christchurch 32-12 (+) Jul 22 v South Africa at Wellington 35-17 (+) Jul 29 v Australia at Brisbane 13-9 (+) Aug 19 v Australia at Auckland 34-27 (+) Aug 26 v South Africa at Pretoria 45-26 (-) Nov 5 v England at London 41-20 Nov 19 v France at Paris 23-11 (+) 2007 2 Jun v France at Auckland 42-11 9 Jun v France at Wellington 61-10 (+) 16 Jun v Canada at Hamilton 64-13 30 June v Australia at Melbourne 15-20 (+) 14 July v South Africa at Christchurch 33-6 (+) 8 Sept v Italy (RWC) at Marseille 76-14 (+) 15 Sept v Portugal (RWC) at Lyon 108-13 23 Sep v Scotland (RWC) at Edinburgh 40-0 30 Sept v Romania (RWC) at Toulouse 85-8 (-) 7 Sept v France (RWC) at Cardiff 18-20 (+) Representative Teams New Zealand Divisional XV in 2000 New Zealand Sevens in 2001, 2002, 2004 Below figures correct at beginning of the 2007 rugby calendar: Provincial Caps 56 Provincial Points 75 (15t) Provincial Debut 1999 v Horowhenua Kapiti (Wanganui) Super 14 Caps 44 Super 14 Points 15 (3t) Super 14 Debut 2003 v Crusaders