Full name Richard David Kahui
Born June 9, 1985, Tokoroa
Current age 28 years 10 days
Major teams Barbarians, Chiefs, New Zealand Maori, Waikato, New Zealand
Height 6 ft 3 in
Weight 229 lb
|IRB Rugby World Cup||2011-2011||5||5||0||20||4||0||0||0||5||0||0||100.00|
|The Rugby Championship||2008-2011||6||5||1||5||1||0||0||0||4||2||0||66.66|
|Test debut||New Zealand v England at Christchurch, Jun 21, 2008 match details|
|Last Test||New Zealand v France at Auckland, Oct 23, 2011 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Richard Kahui made his debut for the All Blacks at outside-centre during their 44-12 win over England in the summer of 2008. Kahui bagged a try on debut and slipped seamlessly into the New Zealand midfield.
Kahui plays his provincial rugby for Waikato, and made his Super 14 bow in 2006 with the Highlanders before moving on to the Chiefs. Following the 2006 New Zealand Cup Kahui was voted as the player of the tournament, and went on to record the most tries in the following season's tournament.
Kahui was ruled out of the Chiefs' 2007 Super 14 campaign by injury, but returned in 2008 to stake a claim for his first All Blacks cap, and selection was forthcoming. Following his debut against England he was selected for the All Blacks Tri-Nations campaign and played three Tests, showing his versatility by starting on the wing against Australia and South Africa before retaining the position for the All Blacks' Bledisloe Cup clash in Hong Kong.
In the autumn of 2008 Kahui was selected for the All Blacks northern hemisphere tour, starring against Scotland with several moments of outrageous skill before scoring a try and setting one up for team-mate Piri Weepu. Kahui also gained selection against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in the absence of Conrad Smith.
However, his 2010 season was disrupted through a shoulder injury which cut into the 2011 Super Rugby campaign. However, he earned a recall to the All Blacks midfield and did enough to persuade Graham Henry of his effectiveness and was subsequently named in the 30-man squad for the tournament. And he impressed in the opening game of the World Cup crossing the line twice for the All Blacks. Kahui's consistency and defensive ability made him a mainstay in the side as the All Blacks reached the final, where they beat France to claim the World Cup.