Otere Black has earned selection for the Maori All Blacks 2015 squad following an outstanding 18 months that have seen him catapulted from the first XV at Tu Toa High School in Palmerston North through to a starting spot with the Hurricanes.
He scored 223 points in 16 games for the College Old Boys club and was selected for the Manawatu Turbos in 2014, winning promotion to the ITM Cup Premiership with a play-off victory over Hawke's Bay. Black was named Rookie of the Year at the Turbos’ end of season awards and picked in the Hurricanes wider training group for the 2015 Investec Super Rugby season.
He was called into the main Hurricanes squad following an injury to Beauden Barrett, showing great composure after being thrust into a run-on role. Barrett’s recovery in the nick of time allowed Black to take up his place with the New Zealand Under 20 team and helped guide them to the World Championship title in Italy. Black, who is affiliated to Ngai Tuhoe/Te Whanau-a-Apanui/Manawatu and Ngati Tuwharetoa, was born in the Eastern Bay of Plenty town of Ruatoki and played his junior rugby for the Kia Toa club in Palmerston North.
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Instagram handle: oatsy-black
Rugby ground: FMG Stadium, Palmerston North
Player (and why): Aaron Cruden: Manawatu Legend!
Non-rugby sports team: Wairere Touch club
Sports star: Michael Jordan
Other sports: Touch
I've also played at... second five-eighth
My best rugby memory was... winning the ITM Cup Championship with the Manawatu Turbos in 2014
The biggest influence on my rugby was... my family, friends and partner
I hate it when... Vince Aso sings
I can't live without... my phone
Outside of rugby... I'm studying and if I wasn't a rugby player I would be... a league player, nah: a builder