Richard Kahui

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Richard Kahui
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Kahui during the World Cup parade, October 2011
Full nameRichard David Kahui
Date of birth (1985-06-09) 9 June 1985 (age 35)
Place of birthTokoroa, New Zealand
Height189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight103 kg (227 lb; 16 st 3 lb)
SchoolForest View High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre, Wing
Current team Toshiba Brave Lupus
All Black No. 1076
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2004–2011 Waikato 36 (75)
2006 Highlanders 8 (15)
2007–2013 Chiefs 60 (75)
2013– Toshiba Brave Lupus 63 (128)
Correct as of 5 June 2020
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005–2006 New Zealand U21 7 (5)
2006 New Zealand Māori 3 (5)
2008–2011 New Zealand 18 (50)
2011 Barbarian F.C. 1 (0)
Correct as of 5 June 2020

Richard Kahui (born 9 June 1985) is a New Zealand rugby union player. He plays for Toshiba Brave Lupus in the Top League. He previously played for the Highlanders and Chiefs in Super Rugby, Waikato in the National Provincial Championship, and New Zealand internationally. He plays at centre and wing.



Kahui debuted for Waikato in the 2004 NPC. In 2006, he was the top try scorer for the Air New Zealand Cup, and was named the 'Air New Zealand Cup Player of the Year'.[1]

Kahui made his Super Rugby debut in 2006 with the Highlanders. In 2007 he signed with the Chiefs where he remained for the duration of his playing career in New Zealand. In 2012, he was a part of the championship-winning Chiefs squad.

In 2013 it was announced that he signed with Toshiba Brave Lupus on a two-year deal, beginning with the 2013–14 Top League season.[2]


In 2008 Kahui was also named as a member of the New Zealand All Blacks squad for the inbound tours to New Zealand. He made his All Blacks debut on 21 June 2008, starting at outside centre (13), and scored a try in New Zealand's 44–12 victory over England. He has shown his versatility by playing on the wing (14) in the All Blacks 2009 Bledisloe Cup victory over Australia. Unfortunately, a six-month shoulder injury he incurred at the end of his 2009 Super 14 season with the Chiefs, prevented him from playing in the All Black side later in the year.

In 2010, Kahui returned to the All Blacks and was dynamic in the second test against Wales in Dunedin, where he scored a try from playing on the wing. The following week against South Africa, he was named as a reserve and came onto Eden Park in the second half also on the wing again.[citation needed]

At the 2011 Rugby World Cup he scored two tries in the tournament's opening game against Tonga, and another two against Japan. He was an integral part of New Zealand's World Cup winning side, starting several games, including every knockout match at left wing.


Kahui resides in Fuchu, Japan with Top League team Toshiba Brave Lupus under Australian coach Joe Barakat, with other New Zealand players Steven Bates and David Hill. His contract ends at the conclusion of the 2014/15 season


  1. ^ "2006 Award winners named" (Press release). All Blacks. 14 December 2006. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  2. ^ Centre Richard Kahui signs for Japanese club New Zealand: Fairfax. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2013.

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