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Rodney So'oialo was an elite number 8 who was capped by New Zealand 62 times.

Rodney So'oialo Bio

Rodney So'oialo was a strong and aggressive number 8 who was a constant presence for the All Blacks in the 2000s. During his playing days, he was also a stalwart for the Hurricanes, who he represented more than 100 times in Super Rugby. Rodney So'oialo was inducted into the RugbyPass Hall of Fame in 2021.

Despite being born in Samoa, Rodney So'oialo moved to New Zealand at a young age. As a result, he learnt how to play rugby in Wellington, who he signed for in 2000. Due to his impressive performances for the side, he first represented the Hurricanes in Super Rugby only a year later.

To this day, Rodney So'oialo is widely regarded as a club legend at the Hurricanes. Between 2001 and 2011, he represented the side more than 100 times and often captained the team. During this period, the Hurricanes regularly reached the play-offs and they finished as the competition’s runners-up in 2006.

However, although he was brilliant for the Hurricanes, Rodney So'oialo is best known for his appearances for the All Blacks. In total, between 2002 and 2009, he was capped by his country 62 times. During this period, he formed a formidable partnership with Jerry Collins and Richie McCaw.

Sadly, by 2009, injuries had taken their toll on Rodney So'oialo and he was replaced in the All Blacks side by Kieran Read. He then suffered from injuries in 2011 and ultimately left the Hurricanes and signed for Honda Heat in Japan, where he retired.

Since his retirement from the game, Rodney So'oialo has enjoyed a career in coaching. He’s currently the Director of Rugby for Trinity College Kandy in Sri Lanka.