Where are glory boys now?

Main image: Otago players (from left) Charlie O’Connell, Willis Scott, Gareth Evans, Kieran...
Main image: Otago players (from left) Charlie O’Connell, Willis Scott, Gareth Evans, Kieran Moffat, Sam Anderson-Heather, Peter Breen and Lee Allan celebrate with the Ranfurly Shield. PHOTOS: GETTY IMAGES/ MONTAGE, ALISTAIR CRAIG
Five years ago, Otago broke its 56-year Ranfurly Shield drought when it captured the Log o’ Wood for one glorious week after a 26-19 win over Waikato. Another Shield challenge against the Mooloo men looms on Saturday, although survivors from the 2013 side are few.

Jeff Cheshire looks at where the players from that team are now.

Tony Ensor
The electric outside back played three more seasons for Otago, before signing with Stade Francois in 2017.

Kieran Moffat
Spent last season playing in London, having last played in New Zealand for Southland in 2016.

Michael Collins
A young midfielder in 2013, Collins has made a successful switch to fullback. He is now one of Otago's most reliable players and has played for the Blues for the past two years.

Peter Breen
Moved to Northland in 2016, where he played for two years.

Fa'asiu Fuatai
Played for the All Blacks Sevens and remained in Otago before signing with French club Bordeaux last year. Returned earlier this year and now plays for Bay of Plenty.

Hayden Parker
Spent several years as Lima Sopoaga's back-up at the Highlanders, although injury limited his involvement for Otago. Now plays in Japan and has signed for his third season with the Sunwolves.

Fumiaki Tanaka
Always a crowd favourite, the tiny Japanese halfback left Otago after that season, although he remained with the Highlanders until 2016. He is now back in Japan and has played alongside Parker at the Sunwolves for the past two seasons.

Paul Grant
The No8 left shortly after captaining Otago to shield glory. He spent time in Europe, before returning to Otago in 2016. Then left for Bath in England, where he still plays.

Lee Allan
Was forced into premature retirement at age 25 after receiving several head knocks, but remains involved as Otago Rugby's coach development officer.

Gareth Evans
Moved back to his home province, Hawke's Bay, in 2014 and played in a 41-0 Shield defence against Otago that year. Played for the Highlanders through to 2017, before turning out for the Hurricanes in this year's competition.

Tom Franklin
Remains a top performing lock for the Highlanders and has been on the fringe of the All Blacks. Played for Otago until 2016 before returning home to Bay of Plenty, where he now plays.

Tom Donnelly
The most experienced player in 2013 side, Donnelly left for France a year later and remained there until early 2017. He is now back in Otago and has been the Mitre 10 Cup side's assistant coach for the past two seasons.

Scott Manson
A reliable prop, Manson played for Otago through to 2015. Now head coaches the Otago Spirit, while also working as a teacher at Kaikorai Valley College.

Liam Coltman
Still with Otago, although is also with the All Blacks and does not get to pull on the blue and gold too often. Remains with the Highlanders and has racked up 86 appearances for the franchise.

Craig Millar
Another to have made the jump to Japan and link with the Sunwolves.

Sam Anderson-Heather
Now captains Otago and spent time with the Crusaders this year.

Tama Tuirirangi
Spent time in Hong Kong and had another Shield challenge in 2015 with Mid Canterbury.

Charlie O'Connell
Works in Christchurch, although he made an appearance off the bench for Taieri against Green Island this year.

TJ Ioane
Has played 17 tests for Samoa and recently signed with London Irish after being with Sale since 2014.

Willis Scott
Returned to Tasman and is on loan to Buller this season. Nowadays his brother Mitchell plays on the wing for Otago.

Josh Renton
Has been a fixture in the Otago and Highlanders set-ups after winning the Shield in his first year out of school.

Jayden Spence
Spent two years playing for Bordeux in France before retiring in May aged 26 due to concussion issues.


 

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