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 pete@oburugby.com

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 played halfback for OBU 2013-2015

OBU Stats

Year 1st game Prem # Played Tries Conversions Drop Goals Penalties Total Points Win %
2013 29 8 17 15 119 55%
  • 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.
# Date Latest Stories
1 Older Huge Kiwi contingent in China Lions (and one Scottish international) for Global Rapid Rugby kick-off

Matt played 1st 5 for OBU Colts Green in 2016

OBU Stats

Year 1st game Prem # Played Tries Conversions Drop Goals Penalties Total Points Win %
# Date Latest Stories
1 Older Seven Super League Players Included In Ireland Squad

Brynn had a short stint with OBU in 2011

OBU Stats

Year 1st game Prem # Played Tries Conversions Drop Goals Penalties Total Points Win %
2011   4 3 15 25%
  • 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.
# Date Latest Stories
1 12 Jul 2020 Sale announce 10 departures, confirm 33 players they will see the 2019/20 Premiership out with
2 12 Jul 2020 Sale Sharks confirm 33-man squad for remainder of 2019/20 season
3 11 May 2020 Rugby’s wasted talent XV: Forgotten names from around the world who could have been superstars
4 23 Apr 2020 Josh Beaumont opens up on very different personal battle compared to his electioneering dad
5 23 Apr 2020 Premiership New Zealand XV: the forwards
6 Older Classic Heineken Champions Cup matches – Round 3
7 Older Sale confirm World Cup winner de Jager is set for Friday night debut
8 Older Bok lock Lood set for long-awaited return to action

Eric played for OBU in 2012

OBU stats

Year 1st game Prem # Played Tries Conversions Drop Goals Penalties Total Points Win %
2012 13 0 0 54%
  • 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 played for OBU 2001?-2008

OBU stats

Year 1st game Prem # Played Tries Conversions Drop Goals Penalties Total Points
  • 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.


# Date Latest Stories
1 20 Jul 2020 ‘I’m going to need a knee replacement, probably in my late 30s’: The shattering toll rugby has taken …
2 18 Jul 2020 Rugby Lions land Wasps and ex-Coventry star as coaching duo
3 18 Jul 2020 The Breakdown pundits react to THAT Ardie Savea gaffe last weekend
4 18 Jul 2020 Launchbury leads the way as Wasps announce 15 contract extensions
5 5 Jul 2020 Ashley Johnson: Wasps legend lands player-coach role at new club
6 5 Jul 2020 Quiz: Another chance to beat BearingPoint’s LeinsterMind challenge!
7 28 Jun 2020 Paul Hill and Lewis Ludlam named first joint winners of the Gallagher Community Player of the …
8 28 Jun 2020 Wasps news and transfer latest: Fly-half Sunni Jardine leaves, ex-Wasp retires aged 25, Dan …
9 21 Jun 2020 Ashley Johnson gives update on his next career step
10 14 Jun 2020 Haskell and Fekitoa to the fore as social media highlights just how popular Ashley Johnson was at …
11 14 Jun 2020 Gopperth: Shift to summer season would set rugby apart from football
12 14 Jun 2020 Jimmy Gopperth interview: Summer rugby ‘we’ve got to have it’
13 18 May 2020 Harry Williams named Gallagher Community Player of the Month
14 15 May 2020 Wasps veteran Jimmy Gopperth has offers from around the world
15 15 May 2020 Rugby’s wasted talent XV: Forgotten names from around the world who could have been superstars
16 15 May 2020 Premiership South Africa XV: The backs
17 8 May 2020 Wasps release their ‘Legend XV’
18 26 Apr 2020 Q&A – Lee Blackett: Wasps can show the director of rugby role isn’t essential
19 23 Apr 2020 Jamal Ford-Robinson named Gallagher Community Player of the Month
20 23 Apr 2020 Top 20 wasted rugby talents countdown: No 15-11

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

Year 1st game Prem # Played Tries Conversions Drop Goals Penalties Total Points Win %
2008 13 0 4 4 20 69%

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.

Year 1st game Prem # Played Tries Conversions Drop Goals Penalties Total Points Win %
2009 20 3 15 35%

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.

Year 1st game Prem # Played Tries Conversions Drop Goals Penalties Total Points Win %
2013 13 5 25 54%
# Date Latest Stories
1 13 Mar 2020 Premiership Cup Final Squad Announced
2 6 Mar 2020 Harelquins Squad for trip to Bristol Bears

Conrad played for OBU from 2003 to 2011

Year 1st game Prem # Played Tries Conversions Drop Goals Penalties Total Points Win %
2006   7 3 0 0 0 15 71%
  • 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!
# Date Latest Stories
1 18 Jul 2020 ‘Roman came up the highway from Dublin and asked if he could swim in the Shannon’
2 18 Jul 2020 60 years of Rugby World: Greatest Tries of the 2010s
3 12 Jul 2020 ‘I went from playing in front of 74000 to having families cooking hot-dogs beside the pitch’ – Shane …
4 5 Jul 2020

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

5 5 Jul 2020

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

6 5 Jul 2020 ‘I went from playing in front of 74000 to having families cooking hot-dogs beside the pitch’ – Shane …
7 28 Jun 2020 Report: World club comp would be played every 4 years and could start as soon as 2022
8 28 Jun 2020 Hurricanes raise $15k for former team-mate Sam Doyle in battle with leukaemia
9 28 Jun 2020 The piece of tactical genius that won South Africa the Rugby World Cup
10 29 Jun 2020 “Having one of the best in the world to emulate has been really good”
11 21 Jun 2020 New Zealand Legend Sean Fitzpatrick On The Six Nations Star He Wishes The All Blacks Had
12 21 Jun 2020 European clubs point finger of blame in global calendar discussions
13 21 Jun 2020 Moving the Six Nations will work for rugby – Conrad Smith
14 14 Jun 2020 IRFU square up for players’ pay row
15 26 May 2020 Smith extends France coaching stint
16 26 May 2020 Rugby Unwrapped: Full series now available in podcast form
17 26 May 2020 Conrad Smith on Croke Park history lesson
18 26 May 2020

Remembering the Hurricanes class of 2016


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

Year 1st game Prem # Played Tries Conversions Drop Goals Penalties Total Points Win %
2010 22 6 25 2 35 191 41%


# Date Latest Stories
1 21 Jul 2020 Bath Rugby set to win the battle to keep Wales international Taulupe Faletau
2 15 Jul 2020 Tuilagi’s Sale switch is the talk of Twitter
3 15 Jul 2020 Sopoaga: I had doubts over my rugby career
4 14 Jul 2020 Former All Black Lima Sopoaga admits hating rugby
5 14 Jul 2020 Commentator drops live TV F-bomb during televised First XV match in Christchurch
6 9 Jul 2020 ‘We were finding out about stuff in the bloody Daily Mail’
7 8 Jul 2020 Lima Sopoaga has just revealed how much of a mess English rugby is in in honest interview
8 4 Jul 20 Two and a half seasons of Beauden Barrett on the books is better than nothing
9 2 Jul 2020 Highlanders will look to repeat their dominant performance in 2018 against the Crusaders this …
10 23 Jun 2020 NFL star’s bold rugby claim stirs All Blacks
11 20 Jun 2020 Has South Africa caught New Zealand in No 10 depth?
12 17 Jun 2020 The drop goal frenzy sweeping the nation: what does Bryn Gatland’s clutch kick mean for the future …
13 13 Jun 2020 Super Rugby Aotearoa preview: Highlanders
14 6 Jun 2020 Mills: This Wasps backline can help challenge for titles
15 2 Jun 2020 English rugby’s players’ union rejects permanent pay cuts
16 30 May 2020 Watch: Lima Sopoaga’s dream All Blacks debut against Springboks that had fans calling for World …
17 30 May 2020 The big hope for NZ Rugby – and the huge names who could play Mitre 10 Cup
18 29 May 2020 George Floyd death: Kiwi sports stars Israel Adesanya, Ardie Savea and TJ Perenara join LeBron …
19 24 May 2020 Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger predicts others will follow Julian Savea
20 22 May 2020 The huge cost of failed All Blacks signings

Danny Played for OBU in 2015

OBU Stats

Year 1st game Prem # Played Tries Conversions Drop Goals Penalties Total Points Win %
2015 9 1 2 11 67%

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.

# Date Latest Stories
1 1 Mar 2020 Brace of Ma’a Nonu tries keeps San Diego Legion’s unbeaten …
2 28 Feb 2020 Making Predictions: Major League Rugby Week 4
3 5 Nov 2019 Old Glory signs Auckland scrumhalf Danny Tusitala

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!

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