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Michael Kainga

Kainga’s call-up to the Maori All Blacks in 2014 adds to his time with New Zealand Under 20, with which he won the Junior World Championship in Italy in 2011 – a side noted for producing a number of high-performing rugby players.

Kainga, who plays ITM Cup rugby for Bay of Plenty, made his Investec Super Rugby debut with the championship-winning Chiefs in 2013 before being named in the Crusaders wider training group for 2014. He was then called into the Hurricanes in April 2014. That was something of a homecoming for the young prop, who was born in Hawke’s Bay and schooled in Wellington’s Hutt Valley and at Taita College.

Player
Position:
Prop
Born:
28/01/1991
Physical:
1.87m, 117kg
Test Points:
0
Caps:
0
Provincial Team:
Wellington
Super Rugby Team:
Hurricanes

Career Comments

  • Career notes:
    Wellington Under 20 (2010, 2009)
    Wellington Under 18 (2008, 2007)
    Hurricanes Schools (2008)

    Favourites:
    Rugby ground: Westpac Stadium
    Rugby player and why: Owen Franks because he is everything I want to be
    Food: Seafood
    Actor/Actress: Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell and Russell Brant
    Movie: Hangover and Shawshank Redemption
    Book: Mind Gym
    Singer/Band/Music type: Kora, Six60 and Regge
    Holiday destination: Hawke’s Bay
    Non-rugby sports team: Silverferns
    If you could meet one person, who would it be and why:  Michael Jordon to find out what he did to become so great
    Earliest rugby memories: Crying after I received my first yellow card
    I hate it when….
    I can’t live without….
    .My family and my Playstation
    If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be….A personal trainer or chef