John Afoa rugby player
John Afoa rugby player

John Afoa

16th Oct 1983 1.80m/120kg Tighthead Prop

From the very outset of Afoa’s career, it was clear that he was a player of immense capabilities, most notably his scrummaging. Indeed, Afoa represented New Zealand at under 16, The New Zealand Schools, The New Zealand under 19’s and the New Zealand under 21’s.

Afoa was part of New Zealand’s triumphant New Zealand under 21 World Cup side in 2003 and was selected in the team of the tournament.

Afoa’s impressive form for both Auckland and New Zealand underage sides saw him secure a contract with the Blues, whom he made his debut for in 2004. In seven years, Afoa made 101 appearances for The Eden Park Club.

Afoa’s impressive Super 14 performances saw him make his All Blacks debut in 2005.

The powerful tighthead was included in the All Black squad that went on to claim the William Webb Ellis Cup in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

After the World Cup Afoa left the Blues and signed a deal with Ulster where he spent two and half seasons before joining English Premiership club Gloucester.

The 36 cap All Black heads into the 2017/18 season looking to reach a century of appearances for his club.

In January 2018 Bristol announced that Afoa would be joining the club ahead of the 2018/19 season.

He joined the club having made 105 appearances for Gloucester, scoring 35 points.

In August 2019, he signed a new deal that extended his time at Ashton Gate until 2021.

Career

Barbarians_Logo Barbarians
Tighthead Prop
2018 - present
image Bristol Bears
Tighthead Prop
2018 - present
auckland-blues Blues
Loosehead Prop
2002 - 2011
photo New Zealand
Loosehead Prop
2005 - 2011
ulster_rugby Ulster Rugby
Loosehead Prop
2011 - 2014
image Gloucester Rugby
Loosehead Prop
2014 - 2018