3G – Goats Gone Grazing is to help us keep up with what’s happening for former Goats now plying their trade overseas and in the news.

It is based off stored google searches so sometimes the stories don’t feature much content about the player we’re interested in, but we usually post them anyway! If you’ve noticed a player that is hitting the headlines overseas that we don’t have included, then please let us know pete@oburugby.com


Jimmy Gopperth

Jimmy played for OBU until 2008 when he headed over to the UK to play for the Newcastle Falcons. During that time he played for The Hurricanes, the Blues, NZ Secondary Schools, NZ Universities, and was a World Cup Under 21 winner.

Jimmy was raised in Taranaki and came through the NPOB High School

Ben Smith’s classic advice for Lima Sopoaga on how to play fullback
Ireland exile returns to Irish rugby with one-year Ulster deal
Jimmy Gopperth states his intentions beyond 37th birthday


Lima Sopoaga

Lima came to OBU in 2010 from Wellington College with a couple of his mates Titapu Pairama-Lewington and Hanipale Galo covering Jerseys 10 out to 13. He was part of the NZ team that retained the Junior world title in 2011. He played a season for Wellington before switching to Dunedin and playing for the Highlanders for several years, and of course the All Blacks.

Lima has started a podcast which you can find your favourite format and take a listen here…

Ben Smith’s classic advice for Lima Sopoaga on how to play fullback


TJ Ioane

TJ was part of the team from 2008-2010, including when we last won the Hardham Cup. He came through Wellington College and now plays for London Irish and Samoa.

He was also in the Wellington Academy for 3 years, played for the Highlanders and Otago and was in NZ the Secondary Schools team in 2007.

The chequered history of Joe Marler as he faces judgement day and the ban one former England …


Bryn Evans

Brynn had a short stint with OBU in 2011

Bok lock Lood set for long-awaited return to action
Sale confirm World Cup winner de Jager is set for Friday night debut


Tom Lawday

Tom came out to OBU on a gap year from England and played in the 2013 & 14 seasons.



Luke Campbell

Luke played halfback for OBU between 2013 & 2015. He was part of the Jubilee cup winning team of 2015. Since then Luke has been playing for Te Puke Sports and has become a regular in the Bay of Plenty ITM cup squad. He is now listed to play for teh China Lions along with several other BOP players past and present.