One of the most exciting of the modern crop of number nines in New Zealand rugby, Tawera Kerr-Barlow has earned a reputation for bruising defence, clinical clearances and his ability to make a nuisance of himself in classic halfback fashion.
First named in the All Blacks in 2012, a serious knee injury in the Test against South Africa in October 2014 kept him out of rugby for over eight months. He made his return to the international game in 2015 with an appearance for the Maori All Blacks against Fiji and then against the New Zealand Barbarians in Auckland, before coming off the bench for five matches at RWC 2015.
Kerr-Barlow was part of the New Zealand Under 20 side that won the Junior World Championship in Argentina in 2010. Rugby and sport are strong in the Melbourne-born Kerr-Barlow’s family. His mother Gail represented Australia in rugby and his uncle Tukere Barlow played league for New Zealand Maori.
v Scotalnd at Edinburgh, 11 Nov 2012
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