Joe Moody has been a solid and steadfast presence in the All Blacks front row, starting all three Tests against France during the 2018 Steinlager Series and scoring his third try in the second Test, before a thumb injury ruled him out of the Investec Rugby Championship.
First selected for the All Blacks in 2013, an injury while helping Canterbury to its provincial title saw him miss the tour. He got his chance in 2014 when called in – ironically – as an injury replacement, and again in 2015, when an injury to veteran Tony Woodcock saw him called into the squad for the second half of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. He ended up playing in all three Finals matches.
He has gone on to start 30 of his 37 All Blacks Test matches.
Moody has represented New Zealand in age-grade rugby league and wrestling, earning New Zealand and Oceania championships. He won a wrestling bronze medal at the Junior Commonwealth Games.
He made his Maori All Blacks debut in 2015 against Fiji and played against the New Zealand Barbarians at Eden Park.
v Australia at Sydney, 16 August 2014
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