Old Collegian Named in All Blacks Squad

June 01, 2016 at 11:04 AM

Old Collegian, Seta Tamanivalu is set to make his international rugby debut for the All Blacks during the upcoming test series against Wales. Seta is one of six uncapped players to be named in the 32-man national squad for the three-match series. All Blacks Head Coach, Steve Hansen said: ‘The selectors would like to congratulate all players selected, especially the new All Blacks and those returning to the squad – they and their families can be very proud.’ Seta joins fellow Old Collegian and 67-test veteran Jerome Kaino in the squad.

Seta graduated from the College in 2011. In his final year, he was a member of the 1st XV that won both the Auckland 1A and national co-ed competitions. Seta was outstanding in the 1A final, scoring an amazing individual try and setting one up for second-five TJ Faiane. In 2012, he was signed to play provincial rugby for Taranaki and made his professional debut that year. By 2013 he had secured a starting position at centre and was named Taranaki’s most promising player of the year. 2014 was a breakout year in which he helped Taranaki become national champions and was named the ITM Cup player of the year. His form led to his first Super Rugby contract, signing with the Chiefs for two years. His superb skill and fierce commitment has now been rewarded with All Blacks selection. ‘I am excited and pretty proud as well. I have come a long way and the hard work has paid off now,’ he told TVNZ.

Another Old Collegian, Sean Reidy is also about to experience international rugby after being selected in the Ireland team to tour South Africa. Sean graduated in 2007 and was vice-captain of the 1st XV in his final year. He is remembered as a totally committed forward and gifted leader. He went on to represent Counties Manukau in the ITM Cup, and has played for Irish club Ulster since 2014. Congratulations Seta and Sean and good luck for your respective campaigns! 

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