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 2013-2015

OBU Stats

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  • Luke came to OBU from Wellington College in 2013.
  • He was part of the Jubilee cup winning team of 2015.
  • At the end of 2015 Luke moved to the Bay of Plenty and has been playing for Te Puke Sports
  • Luke has become a regular in the Bay of Plenty ITM cup squad debuting in 2016.
  • He is now listed to play for the China Lions along with several other BOP players past and present. Although it seems not a lot of rugby will be played in that competition due to Covid19.
#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

OBU Stats

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#DateLatest Stories
1OlderSeven Super League Players Included In Ireland Squad
Brynn Evans 2011

Brynn had a short stint with OBU in 2011

OBU Stats

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2011 431525%
  • Brynn is a lock originally from the Hawkes Bay (brother of Gareth Evans).
  • He got a contract with the Blues in 2008 switching to the Hurricanes in 2009.
  • In June 2009 he played 2 test matches against France.
  • He played 4 games for OBU in 2011 before joining English club London Irish in 2011 on a two-year contract.
  • Then followed a season with Biarritz in 2014/15 and then a move to Sale Sharks where he’s been ever since.
#DateLatest Stories
112 Jul 2020Sale announce 10 departures, confirm 33 players they will see the 2019/20 Premiership out with
212 Jul 2020Sale Sharks confirm 33-man squad for remainder of 2019/20 season
311 May 2020Rugby’s wasted talent XV: Forgotten names from around the world who could have been superstars
423 Apr 2020Josh Beaumont opens up on very different personal battle compared to his electioneering dad
523 Apr 2020Premiership New Zealand XV: the forwards
6OlderClassic Heineken Champions Cup matches – Round 3
7OlderSale confirm World Cup winner de Jager is set for Friday night debut
8OlderBok lock Lood set for long-awaited return to action
Eric Fry 2012

Eric played for OBU in 2012

OBU stats

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  • Eric was nicknamed ‘The Big Easy’. He is a good bloke to have around on or off the paddock, he made a great contribution to the club during his time.
  • Internationally Eric first played for USA in the Churchill cup in 2011 against England, Tonga and Russia. He has also played in the last 3 world cups (2011, 2015 & 2019)
  • In the 2012 season he came to OBU and played 7 games for Manawatu.
  • Eric played in the UK for the next few years including 2 seasons each for London Scottish and Newcastle.
  • Then followed a season for Sacramento in the pro rugby USA before moving to France where he played 1 season for Saint Nazzaire and 4 seasons for Vannes in the Pro D2 competition where he is still listed to play at the moment.


Jimmy Gopperth -2008

Jimmy played for OBU 2001?-2008

OBU stats

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  • Jimmy was raised in Taranaki and came through the NPOB High School.
  • He came to OBU and was immediately in the Wellington Rugby academy.
  • Prior to Jimmy’s career in the UK he played for The Hurricanes, the Blues, NZ Secondary Schools, NZ Universities, and was a World Cup Under 21 winner.
  • Jimmy also played 80 minutes in the one-off match for Wellington against BI Lions in 2005 which Wellington lost.
  • He played for the Hurricanes and the Wellington Lions from 2005-2008
  • He played for Blues and North Harbour in 2009
  • Then came the move northe where he had 4 seasons with Newcastle (replacing Jonny Wilkinson), 2 with Leinster (replacing Johnny Sexton) and now into his 6th season with Wasps, along with another OBU prodigy in Lima Sopoaga.
  • He has been very successful in the UK with the 2017/17 season probably the highlight. He scored 292 points (102 points ahead of the next best) and winning the Gilbert golden boot award. He was named the Aviva Premiership player of the year, RPA Players’ player of the year and Wasps’ player of the year. He was named in the Aviva Premiership Dream Team and his try won the Citizen Try of the Season award against Northampton Saints in round four.


#DateLatest Stories
120 Jul 2020‘I’m going to need a knee replacement, probably in my late 30s’: The shattering toll rugby has taken …
218 Jul 2020Rugby Lions land Wasps and ex-Coventry star as coaching duo
318 Jul 2020The Breakdown pundits react to THAT Ardie Savea gaffe last weekend
418 Jul 2020Launchbury leads the way as Wasps announce 15 contract extensions
55 Jul 2020Ashley Johnson: Wasps legend lands player-coach role at new club
65 Jul 2020Quiz: Another chance to beat BearingPoint’s LeinsterMind challenge!
728 Jun 2020Paul Hill and Lewis Ludlam named first joint winners of the Gallagher Community Player of the …
828 Jun 2020Wasps news and transfer latest: Fly-half Sunni Jardine leaves, ex-Wasp retires aged 25, Dan …
921 Jun 2020Ashley Johnson gives update on his next career step
1014 Jun 2020Haskell and Fekitoa to the fore as social media highlights just how popular Ashley Johnson was at …
1114 Jun 2020Gopperth: Shift to summer season would set rugby apart from football
1214 Jun 2020Jimmy Gopperth interview: Summer rugby ‘we’ve got to have it’
1318 May 2020Harry Williams named Gallagher Community Player of the Month
1415 May 2020Wasps veteran Jimmy Gopperth has offers from around the world
1515 May 2020Rugby’s wasted talent XV: Forgotten names from around the world who could have been superstars
1615 May 2020Premiership South Africa XV: The backs
178 May 2020Wasps release their ‘Legend XV’
1826 Apr 2020Q&A – Lee Blackett: Wasps can show the director of rugby role isn’t essential
1923 Apr 2020Jamal Ford-Robinson named Gallagher Community Player of the Month
2023 Apr 2020Top 20 wasted rugby talents countdown: No 15-11
Michael Hobbs -2008

Michael played for OBU 2008-2011

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 notably in Africa raising funds to build a school

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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.

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Tom Lawday 2013-14

Tom played for OBU in 2013-2014

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

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Conrad Smith 200?-11

Conrad played for OBU from 2003 to 2011

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2006 730001571%
  • Conrad came to OBU from Francis Douglas Memorial College in New Plymouth. Which incidentally also produced the three Barrett brothers currently playing All Black rugby, Liam Coltman and John Mitchell.
  • He made no representative sides in rugby at all until Under 21’s while playing for OBU in 2003. He went on to play 7 matches for Wellington Lions including in the famous Ranfurly Shield match against Canterbury where a late rally saw them level up 38, Conrad scored 2 tries on the way.
  • In March 2004 Conrad debuted for the Hurricanes against the Cats from South Africa in a match that also included Ross Kennedy, Jason Spice and Shannon Paku from OBU. The Hurricanes won 42-25 but Conrad suffered a broken leg and missed the rest of the Super Rugby season.
  • He played right through until  2015 with the Hurricanes before heading to France where he has been involved with Pau club ever since.
  • Conrad debuted for the All Blacks against Italy in Rome in 2004 when he was 23 yrs old. This was after missing most of his debut super rugby season with a broken leg so was mostly of NPC form.
  • All up Conrad played 94 matches for the All Blacks, 90 of them starting at centre. He scored 24 tries.
  • Outside of All Black and OBU rugby, Conrad has played 33 NPC matches for Wellington Lions; 127 for the Hurricanes; 49 in French Top 14 and 3 in the European Challenge Cup.
  • Over the years Conrad took every opportunity to stay involved with OBU as a player and as a coach for colts teams. He is a great example for any young player in how to be a sporting professional. Somewhere along the line he also managed to achieve his law degree and fit in some actual ‘real’ work while a professional player. Quite a rare thing in modern professional rugby!
#DateLatest Stories
118 Jul 2020‘Roman came up the highway from Dublin and asked if he could swim in the Shannon’
218 Jul 202060 years of Rugby World: Greatest Tries of the 2010s
312 Jul 2020‘I went from playing in front of 74000 to having families cooking hot-dogs beside the pitch’ – Shane …
45 Jul 2020

Dan Carter named alongside Gareth Edwards in rugby ‘Dream Team’

55 Jul 2020

Sir Ian McGeechan’s all-time rugby dream team, part two – Centres

65 Jul 2020‘I went from playing in front of 74000 to having families cooking hot-dogs beside the pitch’ – Shane …
728 Jun 2020Report: World club comp would be played every 4 years and could start as soon as 2022
828 Jun 2020Hurricanes raise $15k for former team-mate Sam Doyle in battle with leukaemia
928 Jun 2020The piece of tactical genius that won South Africa the Rugby World Cup
1029 Jun 2020“Having one of the best in the world to emulate has been really good”
1121 Jun 2020New Zealand Legend Sean Fitzpatrick On The Six Nations Star He Wishes The All Blacks Had
1221 Jun 2020European clubs point finger of blame in global calendar discussions
1321 Jun 2020Moving the Six Nations will work for rugby – Conrad Smith
1414 Jun 2020IRFU square up for players’ pay row
1526 May 2020Smith extends France coaching stint
1626 May 2020Rugby Unwrapped: Full series now available in podcast form
1726 May 2020Conrad Smith on Croke Park history lesson
1826 May 2020

Remembering the Hurricanes class of 2016

Lima Sopoaga 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 representative 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…

Lima played 1st 5 for OBU Prems in 2010-13

OBU Stats

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#DateLatest Stories
121 Jul 2020Bath Rugby set to win the battle to keep Wales international Taulupe Faletau
215 Jul 2020Tuilagi’s Sale switch is the talk of Twitter
315 Jul 2020Sopoaga: I had doubts over my rugby career
414 Jul 2020Former All Black Lima Sopoaga admits hating rugby
514 Jul 2020Commentator drops live TV F-bomb during televised First XV match in Christchurch
69 Jul 2020‘We were finding out about stuff in the bloody Daily Mail’
78 Jul 2020Lima Sopoaga has just revealed how much of a mess English rugby is in in honest interview
84 Jul 20Two and a half seasons of Beauden Barrett on the books is better than nothing
92 Jul 2020Highlanders will look to repeat their dominant performance in 2018 against the Crusaders this …
1023 Jun 2020NFL star’s bold rugby claim stirs All Blacks
1120 Jun 2020Has South Africa caught New Zealand in No 10 depth?
1217 Jun 2020The drop goal frenzy sweeping the nation: what does Bryn Gatland’s clutch kick mean for the future …
1313 Jun 2020Super Rugby Aotearoa preview: Highlanders
146 Jun 2020Mills: This Wasps backline can help challenge for titles
152 Jun 2020English rugby’s players’ union rejects permanent pay cuts
1630 May 2020Watch: Lima Sopoaga’s dream All Blacks debut against Springboks that had fans calling for World …
1730 May 2020The big hope for NZ Rugby – and the huge names who could play Mitre 10 Cup
1829 May 2020George Floyd death: Kiwi sports stars Israel Adesanya, Ardie Savea and TJ Perenara join LeBron …
1924 May 2020Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger predicts others will follow Julian Savea
2022 May 2020The huge cost of failed All Blacks signings
Danny Tusitala 2015

Danny Played for OBU in 2015

OBU Stats

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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
11 Mar 2020Brace of Ma’a Nonu tries keeps San Diego Legion’s unbeaten …
228 Feb 2020Making Predictions: Major League Rugby Week 4
35 Nov 2019Old Glory signs Auckland scrumhalf Danny Tusitala
*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