Hoani MacDonald made his New Zealand Maori debut in 2004. He has also represented the Junior All Blacks (in 2006 and 2007). At provincial level he plays for Southland in the Air New Zealand Cup and the Highlanders in the Rebel Sport Super 14. MacDonald made a rapid start to his provincial career with Southland. Coming through the province's Under 18 and Under 21 ranks, he was in the Highlanders' Development squad in 2004. One of the strengths of the Southland pack, MacDonald hails from the MacDonald family of Marlborough, one of the most noted rugby families in the country. He is a former Southland basketball and touch rugby representative.
• A member of the Marlborough-based MacDonald family that has produced five generations of first-class rugby players, including his father Ini, who played for New Zealand Maori in 1957, and All Blacks fullback Leon MacDonald.
• Has represented the New Zealand Divisional basketball team.
• His mother was a world champion darts player.
21/08/1978 IN Invercargill
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