Codey Rei is highly-versatile back and an accomplished goal kicker who is a member of the Nga Ruahine and Te Atiawa Taranaki iwi. The 2015 tour will be his first appearance for the Maori All Blacks, having previously worn the black jersey as a member of the New Zealand Under 20 side which won the 2009 Junior World Championship in Tokyo.
Having made his debut for Taranaki in the 2009 ITM Cup, his finest moment in the black and amber came in October 2014 when he produced a faultless kicking display for a personal haul of 21 points as Taranaki won the ITM Cup Premiership for the first time. It marked a triumphant return for Rei, who had shifted to North Harbour to play his provincial rugby between 2011 and 2013. A skilful sevens player, Rei continued to star for his home province in the abbreviated form of the game during his time away.
His performances for Taranaki in 2014 caught the eye of the Chiefs selectors and he was part of the 2015 development squad.
Taranaki Under 20s (2008)
Taranaki Under 18s (2007,2006)
New Plymouth Boys High School 1st XV (2007,2006)
Taranaki Under 16s (2005)
Rugby ground: Yarrows Stadium, New Plymouth
Rugby player and why: Christian Cullen because he was decisive and read the game well
Food: Anything out of a hangi
Actor/Actress: Will Smith
Movie: Pursuit of Happiness
Book: Rugby News
Singer/Band/Music type: Bob Marley/Michael Jackson
Holiday destination: Gold Coast
Non-rugby sports team: Manly Sea Eagles
If you could meet one person, who would it be and why: Will Smith because he would be a funny guy to chat to
Earliest rugby memories: Scoring five tries in an Under 8s game
I hate it when….People chew loudly at the dinner table
I can’t live without…..a TV
If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be….a cricket player