Called into the All Blacks squad for the historic Test against Samoa in Apia, powerful midfield back Charlie Ngatai was named in the squad for the 2016 Steinlager Series.
In 2015, Ngatai played two major matches in four days: he played for the All Blacks against Samoa in Apia on 8 July and captained the Maori All Blacks against Fiji in Suva on 11 July.
Ngatai is a member of the Ngati Porou and Te Whanau-a-Apanui iwi and made his Maori All Blacks debut on the European Tour in 2012 and in 2015 was one of the most experienced. He played in all three matches on that tour and scored a try in the game against Canada in Oxford. He joined the team again in 2013, appearing against both USA and Canada on the North American Tour, and was handed the captaincy for the first time on the 2014 tour of Japan.
Originally from Gisborne, on the east coast of the North Island, Ngatai made his first class debut aged 18 for Poverty Bay, before moving to Wellington. In 2014 he moved to Taranaki for the ITM Cup. Ngatai shifted from the Hurricanes to the Chiefs in 2013 and won the Investec Super Rugby title in his first season.
His national representative career includes involvement with the New Zealand Schools team and he was part of the 2010 Junior World Championship-winning New Zealand Under 20 team, taking part in all five matches in that tournament.
In 2014 he was a nominee for the Tom French Memorial Maori Player of the Year at the Steinlager Rugby Awards.
v Samoa in Apia, 8 July 2015
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2013 - Maori All Blacks
2009 – Wellington Lions
2008 – New Zealand Schools, Hurricanes Schools, Gisborne Boys High 1st XV
2007 – New Zealand Schools, Hurricanes Schools, Gisborne Boys High 1st XV
Rugby ground: Westpac stadium, Wellington
Rugby player and why: Dan Carter because he has got all the skills and is inspirational.
Actor/Actress: Jessican Alba
Movie: The Hangover
Book: Hunting magazines
Singer/band/music type: Old school
Holiday destination: Australia
Non-rugby sports team: NFL Patriots
If you could meet one person, who would it be and why: Tiger Woods because he has been the number one player for years.
Earliest rugby memories: Playing barefoot in the frost
I hate it when….I have to clean the house
I can’t live without…..my girlfriend
If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be….A hunting contractor or a farmer.