Captain for both the New Zealand Warriors and the New Zealand national team in 2013, he was a part of the 2008 World Cup-winning squad.
He played for the under-18 Wellington team and also made the Junior Kiwi's team before joining the Warriors.
He succeeded Benji Marshall as the New Zealand Kiwis captain in 2013.
He was born in Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
He captained a Rugby squad just as Victor Matfield did for the South Africa national union team.