OUTSTANDING, young Rotorua-born halfback Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi has long been recognised as a talented footballer with a snappy pass. While still at Rotorua Boys’ High School, he was named in the tournament team at the 2011 Condor Sevens national school age event, represented his country in the Under 19 touch side and also played age-grade league for New Zealand.
Tahuriorangi played club rugby in New Plymouth in 2014–15 and consistently impressive performances saw him selected for the New Zealand U20s in 2015, where they won the World Rugby Junior World Championship. Later that year he was selected as part of a strong NZ Barbarians team that won 34-17 against the Maori All Blacks.
A member of the Ngati Pikiao iwi, Tahuriorangi then went on to debut for the Maori All Blacks in 2017 against the British and Irish Lions before heading to the Northern Hemisphere with the team to play Canada and the French Barbarians.
The 23-year-old made his Investec Super Rugby debut for the Hurricanes in 2016 and made ten appearances before moving to the Chiefs in 2018.
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