Austin Herd Signs All Black Frank Halai

Austin Herd Rugby Club signed former All Black XVs and 7s player Frank Halai for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. The 31-year-old wing is 6’5″ and 231 lbs.

Frank was born in Pangai, Tonga, and lives in Rotorua, New Zealand. He attended Wesley College in Auckland.

From 2011-12 he played rugby for Waikato before moving on to Counties Manukau from 2012-15 in the ITM Cup. Then played for the Super Rugby Blues from 2013-2015 before moving to the U.K. to play with the Wasps in the English Premiership from 2015-2017. Since 2017 he has played in the French Top 14 for Pau (Section Paloise).

New Zealand National Team & Barbarians

Frank played in 7 competitions for the New Zealand Sevens Team from 2011-2012. In 2013 he made his debut for the All Blacks against Japan at Tokyo on November 2. That was quite an honor in becoming All Black #1128 and was his only appearance with the team.

He also played with the Barbarians FC from 2013-2014, making three appearances. In 2014 he played twice for the New Zealand Barbarians.


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