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. We take pride in the achievements of all of our Goats & Impala players. This is where we can track what those that have moved on from the club are now up to. Especially in rugby involvement.

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’s hitting the headlines overseas that we don’t have included, then please let us know [email protected]

Let us know what you think! If there’s enough interest we might extend this to Goats playing Super Rugby for the Men and Farrah Palmer Cup for the Women.

Luke Campbell 2013-15

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 the China Lions along with several other BOP players past and present.

#DateLatest Stories
1OlderHuge Kiwi contingent in China Lions (and one Scottish international) for Global Rapid Rugby kick-off
Matt Coade 2016

Matt played 1st 5 for OBU Colts Green in 2016

He is now playing league back in Ireland and has been selected in the squad to play the Kiwis at the League World Cup

#DateLatest Stories
1olderSeven Super League Players Included In Ireland Squad
Eric Fry 2012

Eric played for OBU in 2012

He had the nickname ‘The Big Easy’. A good bloke to have around on or off the paddock, he made a great contribution to the club during that time.

While he was with OBU he had a few matches for Manawatu in our domestic competition.

He still plays for the USA Eagles, debuting in 2011 and going on to play in the world cup. He must have liked what he saw in 2011 to come to OBU the following year from the Las Vegas Blackjacks. He has had stints in the UK for London Scottish and Newcastle Falcons before a brief return to the US with the Sacramento Express. He is now playing in France for RC Vannes.

#DateLatest Stories
1OlderRugby World Cup 2019: USA v Tonga- How to watch, live streaming, kick-off time, starting lineups
2Older2019 Rugby World Cup live updates: USA v Tonga
Jimmy Gopperth -2008

Jimmy played for OBU until 2008

He then 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

#DateLatest Stories
126 Apr 2020Q&A – Lee Blackett: Wasps can show the director of rugby role isn’t essential
223 Apr 2020Jamal Ford-Robinson named Gallagher Community Player of the Month
323 Apr 2020Top 20 wasted rugby talents countdown: No 15-11
4OlderTime to vote for your Gallagher Community Player of the Month
5OlderJimmy Gopperth is ringing elderly people and it is humbling him
6OlderRugby Union Today: My rugby hero and news from Wasps
8OlderWasps weekend headlines: Guy Thompson’s revelation, Jimmy Gopperth’s blow, Jack Willis …
9OlderProblem position? Time to solve it for Premiership clubs
10OlderClassic Challenge Cup matches – Round 5
11OlderRugby union final league tables – Old Coventrians, Stratford and Rugby Welsh win titles
12Older‘It’s up to the bosses’ Jimmy Gopperth hints at next career step
13OlderThrowback Thursday: O’Flaherty top dog in November
14OlderRugby rumours and transfer news: Bristol Bears chasing number eight; Wasps and Bath Rugby
15OlderCoronavirus: Kiwi rugby players face pay cuts in England
16Older‘Wonderful gesture’ – how Wasps helped vulnerable Coventry residents
17OlderJimmy Gopperth states his intentions beyond 37th birthday
18OlderIreland exile returns to Irish rugby with one-year Ulster deal
19OlderMatch Report: Wasps 39-22 Gloucester Rugby
20OlderWasps 39-22 Gloucester – Dan Robson leads Wasps to hat-trick of bonus point wins
21Older‘Bouncing around’ – Jimmy Gopperth connects with Lima Sopoaga’s Wasps resurgence
22OlderWasps stage four try fightback to sink London Irish
23OlderWasps trio nominated for Premiership Rugby award – but who was our star man?
Michael Hobbs -2008

Michael played for OBU in 2008

Michael came to us from Wellington College in 2008. He was a 1st 5 with a deadly boot. After that he went to the Blues for a stint then off to the states to college.

Hobbsy is the son of OBU and NZ Rugby legend Jock Hobbs who passed to soon.

Since rugby Hobbsy has been continuing his studies with the occasional side project for charity especially in Africa raising funds to build a school

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#DateLatest Stories
124 Apr 2020Coronavirus: Ex-Crusader and All Blacks team up with importer on bulk PPE shipment
2OlderCoronavirus: Former top rugby players so worried about PPE shortage they charter cargo flights to …
TJ Ioane 2008-10

TJ was part of the team from 2008-2010

This included the last time we won won the Hardham Cup in 2009 played at the Stadium. 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.

#DateLatest Stories
125 Apr 2020London Irish and Powerday pass the 15000th meal milestone
2OlderThe chequered history of Joe Marler as he faces judgement day and the ban one former England
3OlderEngland’s Joe Marler – One Of The Game’s Great ‘Characters’ Or Just A Narcissistic Gobsh*te?
Tom Lawday 2013-14

Tom played in the 2013 & 14 seasons

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

#DateLatest Stories
1Premiership Cup Final squad announced
2Harlequins squad for trip to Bristol Bears
Lima Sopoaga 2010-13

Lima played for OBU in 2010-13

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…

#DateLatest Stories
13 May 2020The 3 minutes that really showed what Super Rugby has come to
225 Apr 2020Flashback Friday: Is this the greatest All Blacks comeback of the professional era?
325 Apr 2020Q&A – Lee Blackett: Wasps can show the director of rugby role isn’t essential
4OlderWhat’s in Sunday’s Rugby Paper?
5OlderPlan to have ex-All Blacks play for Islands gains momentum
6OlderCautious support for plan to allow ex-All Blacks to play for Pacific nations
7OlderCoronavirus: UK paydays for All Blacks could end as club reveals broken model
8OlderFormer Wallaby Quade Cooper shows off his NFL skills
9OlderFive All Blacks that had everyone talking after their maiden matches
10OlderCoronavirus: Kiwi sports stars combine in hilarious ‘East Coast wave’ montage
11OlderNRL: Sonny Bill Williams, Shaun Johnson and mates do the Kiwi head nod
12OlderProblem position? Time to solve it for Premiership clubs
13OlderFrom Osaka to Kurow for Parker
14OlderOur Wasps Rugby award winners IF the season does not reconvene
15OlderLima Sopoaga’s using a round ball code as a gauge of when he might be back playing rugby
16OlderCoronavirus: ‘It’s a crazy time’ – Lima Sopoaga ponders life after rugby
17OlderCoronavirus: Kiwi rugby players face massive pay cuts in England
18OlderCoronavirus: European and English rugby called off
19OlderBen Smith’s classic advice for Lima Sopoaga on how to play fullback
20OlderSuper Rugby: Highlanders ‘in no rush’ to make a call on Aaron Mauger’s future
21OlderLima Sopoaga gained advice of New Zealand legend Ben Smith ahead of fullback debut
22OlderWasps ace Lima Sopoaga states where he wants to play next season
23OlderSopoaga switches position for first league start since November
24OlderWasps 39-22 Gloucester – Dan Robson leads Wasps to hat-trick of bonus point wins
24OlderWATCH: Bulls to make it ‘uncomfortable’ for Highlanders


Danny Tusitala 2015

Danny played for OBU in 2015.

He then went back to Auckland and has played for the NPC team. Danny managed to fit in a stint playing for Samoa on the sevens circuit. He is now playing in the American Major League Rugby.

#DateLatest Stories
1OlderRugby ATL drops third straight
*The search list

The following is a list of all ex OBU players included in the google search.

It is sorted alphabetically on surname. The list includes names of anyone who might do something interesting in rugby on or off-field and some who might do interesting things outside rugby too. e.g. Luke Fiso competing abroad in crossfit international competitions.

For the most part anything that is returned in a search is added without any analysis unless it is not rugby related in which case we’ll just make a call if the news item is interesting enough to add!

1Mitch Andrews
2Tim Bateman
3Alex Berendregt
4Hamish Buick
5Luke Campbell
6Courtney Clarke
7Matt Coade
8Bryn Evans
9Sharlene Fagalilo
10Tim Farrell
11Luke Fiso
12Moeahu Flavell
13Thomas Fleming
14Eric Fry
15Jimmy Gopperth
16Joel Hintz
17Michael Hobbs
18Tj Ioane
19Sam Katz
20Ross Kennedy
21Sam Kilgour
22Hautahi Kingi
23Tom Lawday
24Larissa Lima
25Holly MacDonald
26Will Mangos
27Ben May
28Marino Mikaele-Tu’u
29Teegan Minkley
30Taylor Mokate
31Shannon Paku
32Gavin Parker
33Nina Poletti
34Hugh Renton
35Conrad Smith
36Lima Sopoaga
37Kendall Templeman
38Will Tremain
39Danny Tusitala
40Huey Van Vliet
41Logan Vaughan
42Regan Verney
43Te Wehi Wright