Chris Masoe

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Chris Masoe
Chris Masoe All Black du CO.jpg
Full name Matemini Christopher Masoe
Nickname Mussy
Date of birth (1979-05-15) 15 May 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Savaii, Samoa
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight 106 kg (16 st 10 lb; 234 lb)
School Wanganui City College
Notable relative(s) Maselino Masoe (brother) former WBA Middleweight World Champion
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Flanker, Number eight
New Zealand No. 1059
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Apps (points)

Castres Olympique

-Racing Metro
Correct as of 30 January 2015
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Apps (points)
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Apps (points)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2005–2007 New Zealand 20 (15)
Sevens national teams
Years Club / team   Comps
Medal record
Men's rugby sevens
Representing  New Zealand
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 2002 Manchester Team competition

Chris Masoe (born 15 May 1979 in Savaii, Samoa) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer, who currently plays for Racing Metro 92 in the Top 14. He is the brother of boxer Maselino Masoe.


Super 14[edit]

Masoe used to play for the Wellington Hurricanes in the Super 14. He appeared in all 11 Hurricanes matches in the 2005 season. He is capable of playing in all three loose-forward positions but has been concentrating on the openside flanker's role. Masoe has good pace and is a strong ball runner and a tough defender.


He has been a regular member of the New Zealand Sevens squad in the past and was a member of the 2002 Commonwealth Games gold-winning team.

Handbag incident[edit]

On the night of the Super 14 final on 27 May 2006, former All Black captain Tana Umaga struck Hurricanes team mate Chris Masoe over the head with a woman's handbag, breaking her cell phone, after Masoe allegedly attempted to strike another patron. Masoe was fined $3000 by the NZRU as punishment.[2]

Castres Olympique[edit]

In 2008, he signed a contract for French Top 14 team Castres Olympique. In 2010, he was selected in the French Barbarians squad to play Tonga on 26 November.


In April 2012 it was confirmed Masoe was joining RC Toulonnais on a three-year deal.[3] In May 2013 he started as Toulon won the 2013 Heineken Cup Final by 16–15 against Clermont Auvergne.[4]


His allround ability earned him the Taranaki Sportsman of the Year in 2002 and in the same year he was named New Zealand Sevens Player of the Year. Following his last season at Castres Olympique, he received the 2011–2012 Top 14 rugbyman of the year award on 15 October 2012.[5]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  2. ^ Booker, Jarrod (30 May 2006). "Players say sorry over handbag incident". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Masoe heading to Toulon". Planet Rugby. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Toulon claim Heineken Cup glory". ESPN. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Masoe elu meilleur joueur". Retrieved 15 October 2012. 

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