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Chris Masoe

Chris Masoe
Chris Masoe All Black du CO.jpg
Birth nameMatemini Christopher Masoe
Date of birth (1979-05-15) 15 May 1979 (age 40)
Place of birthSavaii, Samoa
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight106 kg (16 st 10 lb; 234 lb)
SchoolWanganui City College
Notable relative(s)Maselino Masoe (brother; former WBA middleweight champion)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker, Number 8
All Black No. 1059
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1999–2000
2001
2001–2005
2003–2008
2006–2008
2008–2012
2012–2015
2015–2017
Wanganui
Chiefs
Taranaki
Hurricanes
Wellington
Castres
Toulon
Racing 92
12
1
41
62
19
108
78
60
(20)
(0)
(55)
(40)
(10)
(80)
(35)
(42)
Correct as of 30 January 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005–2007
2005
New Zealand
Junior All Blacks
20
2
(15)
(0)
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
New Zealand

Chris Masoe (born 15 May 1979 in Savaii, Samoa) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer, who currently plays for Racing Metro 92 in the Top 14. He is the brother of boxer Maselino Masoe. He was born in the town of Savai'i

Career

Early life

Masoe was born in Savai'i, Samoa as the second youngest of 13 children. He emigrated to New Zealand aged 8 and was raised in Wanganui.[2]

Super 14

Masoe used to play for the Wellington Hurricanes in the Super 14. He appeared in all 11 Hurricanes matches in the 2005 season. He is capable of playing in all three loose-forward positions but has been concentrating on the openside flanker's role. Masoe has good pace and is a strong ball runner and a tough defender.

Sevens

He has been a regular member of the New Zealand Sevens squad in the past and was a member of the 2002 Commonwealth Games gold-winning team.

Handbag incident

On the night of the Super 14 final on 27 May 2006, former All Black captain Tana Umaga struck Hurricanes team mate Chris Masoe over the head with a woman's handbag, breaking her cell phone, after Masoe allegedly attempted to strike another patron. Masoe was fined $3000 by the NZRU as punishment.[3]

Castres Olympique

In 2008, he signed a contract for French Top 14 team Castres Olympique. In 2010, he was selected in the French Barbarians squad to play Tonga on 26 November.

Toulon

In April 2012 it was confirmed Masoe was joining RC Toulonnais on a three-year deal.[4] In May 2013 he started as Toulon won the 2013 Heineken Cup Final by 16–15 against Clermont Auvergne.[5]

Awards

His allround ability earned him the Taranaki Sportsman of the Year in 2002 and in the same year he was named New Zealand Sevens Player of the Year. Following his last season at Castres Olympique, he received the 2011–2012 Top 14 rugbyman of the year award on 15 October 2012.[6]

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Gloves are off for Masoe in build-up to first test".
  3. ^ Booker, Jarrod (30 May 2006). "Players say sorry over handbag incident". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 24 September 2011.
  4. ^ "Masoe heading to Toulon". Planet Rugby. 20 April 2012. Archived from the original on 8 May 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Toulon claim Heineken Cup glory". ESPN. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Masoe elu meilleur joueur". Retrieved 15 October 2012.

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