While far from the biggest prop on the scene, Taumoepeau has earned a reputation as a devastating scrummager. After taking many of the lessons on board he learnt in his debut season for the Blues in 2005, Taumoepeau returned to the Auckland NPC team where he showed he had added strong defensive and running games to his skill-set. Taumoepeau's versatility has also been recognized as he will be the back-up hooker to Derren Witcome in 2007 while Keven Mealamu is part of the All Blacks Strength and Conditioning group. With a second All Blacks tour under his belt, Taumoepeau has quickly developed into an accomplished professional. He was the sole member of the 2004 end-of-year All Blacks squad to have played no Super 12 rugby, Taumoepeau was a bolter of the highest order. However he had to wait another 12 months before his return to the black jersey in the following year's end-of-year tour to the United Kingdom and Ireland. His brother Tevita played against the All Blacks for the inaugural Pacific Islanders team earlier in 2004. New Zealand Representative Teams All Blacks in 2004, 2005 Junior All Blacks in 2005, 2006 Career Notes • Has undergone a programme of up-skilling to take on reserve hooker role for this Junior All Blacks squad. • Started in two matches for the Junior All Blacks on their tour of Australia in 2005. • Scored his first first-class try on All Blacks debut, against Italy, and his second for the Junior All Blacks, against Australia A. • Made a second appearance for the All Blacks against the Barbarians at Twickenham. • Younger brother of Tonga and Pacific Islanders international Tevita Taumoepeau.
13/11/04 v Italy at Rome
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Test match Record by Year (+) = substitute; (-) = replaced 2004 Nov 13 v Italy at Rome 59-10 (-) 2005 Nov 12 v Ireland at Dublin 45-7 (+) Nov 26 v Scotland at Edinburgh 29-10 (-) Below figures correct at beginning of the 2007 rugby calendar: Provincial Caps 29 Provincial Points 15 (3t) Provincial Debut 2004 v Poverty Bay Super 14 Caps 19 Super 14 Points 0 Super 14 Debut 2005 v Highlanders