Yates made his Canterbury NPC debut in 2004 against North Harbour and won 28 caps - 10 of them in 2009.
He had just one match for the Crusaders, against the Queensland Reds in 2006.
Yates starred for Canterbury at the 2008 national sevens tournament and was called up - as a forward - to the New Zealand national team.
The Karamea-born player signed for Verblitz in 2010 and has since made 80 appearances for the Japanese side, scoring 180 points.
(LS August 4, 2017)
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