THIS YEAR’S SERIES against Fiji will be Otere Black’s fifth campaign with the Māori All Blacks.
First selected for the Manawatu Turbos in 2014, Black helped the team to win promotion to the Premiership with a play-off victory over Hawke’s Bay. He was named Rookie of the Year at the Turbos’ end of season awards and was picked in the Hurricanes wider training group for the 2015 Investec Super Rugby season. He was called into the main Hurricanes squad following an injury to Beauden Barrett, showing great composure after being thrust into a run-on role. Barrett’s recovery in the nick of time allowed Black to take up his place with the New Zealand Under 20 team and helped guide them to the World Championship title in Italy.
In 2016 he was part of the Hurricanes squad that won its first Investec Super Rugby title and had another big campaign with the Turbos, racking up 89 points with his boot. He was active again in 2017, earning another 11 appearances for the ‘Canes, before signing with the Blues for the 2018 season. However, a knee injury prevented him from taking the field and Black turned his focus to Manawatu’s Mitre 10 Cup season before heading away with the Māori All Blacks.
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