Joe Royal (rugby union)

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Birth nameJoseph Wirihana Royal
Date of birth (1985-05-31) 31 May 1985 (age 35)
Place of birthRotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight113 kg (249 lb)
SchoolTe Aute College
UniversityAuckland University of Technology
SpouseKelly Morrison
ChildrenJerzy-James Royal
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker, Prop
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
North Harbour
Bay of Plenty
Counties Manukau
Correct as of 4 September 2019
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2017 Blues ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013–2016 Māori All Blacks 6 (5)
Correct as of 18 July 2017

Joseph Wirihana Royal (born 31 May 1985 in Rotorua, New Zealand) is a New Zealand rugby union player. He plays in the hooker (and occasionally prop) position for provincial side Counties Manukau Steelers and for New Zealand's Māori international side the Māori All Blacks.[1] Royal has previously played for North Harbour in 2009 before heading to Bay of Plenty Rugby in 2013 and spending 4 seasons with the Bay Steamers. After moving back home to Auckland in 2017 as an injury replacement for the Blues and is now in his third season with the Counties Manukau Steelers in the Mitre 10 Cup.


  1. ^ "Joe Royal Bay of Plenty Profile". Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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