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.
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 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.
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!
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…
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.
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!