Friday, July 13, 2018
Tanerau Latimer has returned from France to play for the Bay of Plenty Steamers in the upcoming Mitre 10 Cup competition.
Latimer has recently returned from France where he was playing for French Rugby Club Bayonne.
In a career spanning over a decade, Latimer has proven his exceptional ability in both formats of the game and has been a notable asset to the teams he has represented. Debuting for the Bay of Plenty Steamers in 2004 the then young 17 year old was selected in the All Blacks Sevens while still at Tauranga Boys’ College. 2006 marked Latimer’s Super Rugby debut for the Crusaders but in 2007 he moved to the Chiefs where he went on to achieve 108 games for the franchise prior to heading to Japanese club Toshiba.
Just shy of 80 caps for the Bay of Plenty Steamers the 32 year old will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to this year’s Mitre 10 Cup squad.
Born and bred in the Bay of Plenty returning home was an easy decision for him and his young family.
“I think home is always a big pulling force here. We have been overseas for four years and we weren’t looking to stay too much longer. We came back in the off season and watching our boys they loved it that much that they didn’t want to go back, so that made the decision really.”
Latimer excited about the season ahead has embraced the familiar training regime once again and is loving it.
“I have been training for six weeks now; I have loved it and enjoyed it. It has gone back to where it all started. Up at 5.00am to come in for a gym session, then off to work and back again to training in the evening. It has been a great experience and it has been very enjoyable and looking forward to season ahead.”
Bay of Plenty Rugby Union Chief Executive Officer said, “Tanerau brings a huge amount of experience and professionalism back into our environment. Based on our conversations I know he is hugely motivated about helping us continue to grow our environment and our young players especially are going to benefit from having Lats around.”
Bay of Plenty Rugby Union’s Director of Rugby and Steamers Head Coach Clayton McMillan said, “It is fantastic to be able to bring a player of Tanerau’s stature in the game back to Bay of Plenty. With the player age becoming younger and younger across all levels of the game, players with proven leadership and experience become a valued commodity. I have no doubt Tanerau will add considerable value to the team through his own performance, driving high standards both on and off the field, and helping us develop good young men.”
Tanerau Latimer Playing History:
Bay of Plenty Steamers (2004 - 2013) Caps: 79
International Representative Rugby:
All Blacks (2009) Caps: 5 Debut: June 13, v France, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
All Black Sevens (2004 – 2006), Commonwealth Games Gold, Melbourne (2006)
Maori All Blacks (2006 – 2008, 2012), Captain 2012
Crusaders (2006) Caps: 6
Chiefs (2007 – 2014) Caps: 108
Blues (2016) Caps: 5
Japan Top League: Toshiba (2014 – 2016)
France: Bayonne (2016 – 2017)