DOB: October 16, 1983
Debut: v Ireland, November 12, 2005
Profile: Afoa first represented New Zealand at U16 level in 1999. He subsequently played for the NZ schools team in 2000 and 2001, before moving on to the national U19 side in 2002 and 2003. That same year he also played for the New Zealand U21 team, which he also represented in 2004. A steady scrummager, Afoa also boasts impressive running and handling skills. Afoa, whose nickname is Animal, played 1st XV rugby at Auckland’s St Kentigern College alongside Joe Rokocoko and Jerome Kaino. After the World Cup Afoa will further his career in Northern Ireland with Ulster.