When it comes to making an impression, Ben Tameifuna is instantly recognisable, both for his sheer size and his distinctive style on the rugby field. The solid Chiefs prop has been the dominant power at scrum time and is a winner of two Super Rugby titles with the Chiefs.
However he is also recognised for his ability to fill in at hooker and tighthead, and he played halfback at high school.
After making his debut as a teenager for Hawke’s Bay in 2010, he was also part of the Junior World Championship 2011-winning New Zealand Under 20 side.
The 23-year-old moved to Hamilton and became part of the Chiefs’ side in 2012. Coach Dave Rennie describes him as “a powerfully built tighthead, explosive and destructive with an excellent skill set.”
What advice would you give to school kids who want to play rugby professionally?
Train hard and the World is yours.
Who is, in your opinion the strongest loosehead you’ve played against so far?
I can’t remember his name, but the Argentine prop from the 2011 Junior RWC side was pretty good.
What music do you listen to when training/warming up?
What is the most challenging aspect in terms of fitness and health?
Early morning wakeup and maintaining a healthy diet.
What part of the process do you enjoy most?
Engaging with the community and winning.
How does your diet and nutrition differ when you are in full training?
Not much different from when it is the off-season.
What is your favourite meal?
T-Bone steak with roast vegetables.
What are you most looking forward to in 2015?
Winning the competition again.
What is some of the best advice you have received relating to health and fitness?
Maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Super Rugby points: 35
Super Rugby debut:
2012 v Blues