THIS YEAR’S NORTHERN Tour will be Otere Black’s fourth campaign with the Maori All Blacks.
First selected for the Manawatu Turbos in 2014, Black helped the team to win promotion to the Premiership with a play-off victory over Hawke’s Bay. He was named Rookie of the Year at the Turbos’ end of season awards and was picked in the Hurricanes wider training group for the 2015 Investec Super Rugby season. He was called into the main Hurricanes squad following an injury to Beauden Barrett, showing great composure after being thrust into a run-on role. Barrett’s recovery in the nick of time allowed Black to take up his place with the New Zealand Under 20 team and helped guide them to the World Championship title in Italy.
In 2016 he was part of the Hurricanes squad that won its first Investec Super Rugby title and had another big campaign with the Turbos, racking up 89 points with his boot. He was active again in 2017, earning another 11 appearances for the ‘Canes, before signing with the Blues for the 2018 season. However, a knee injury prevented him from taking the field for them this year, and Black turned his focus to Manawatu’s Mitre 10 Cup season before heading away with the Maori All Blacks.
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Instagram handle: oatsy-black
Rugby ground: FMG Stadium, Palmerston North
Player (and why): Aaron Cruden: Manawatu Legend!
Non-rugby sports team: Wairere Touch club
Sports star: Michael Jordan
Other sports: Touch
I've also played at... second five-eighth
My best rugby memory was... winning the ITM Cup Championship with the Manawatu Turbos in 2014
The biggest influence on my rugby was... my family, friends and partner
I hate it when... Vince Aso sings
I can't live without... my phone
Outside of rugby... I'm studying and if I wasn't a rugby player I would be... a league player, nah: a builder