At 39 years old, John Afoa continues to defy time as he embarks on yet another thrilling chapter in his rugby journey. Recently joining the Christchurch-based team, The Crusaders, Afoa has etched his name in Super Rugby history as the oldest player to have ever graced the competition.
Hailing from the esteemed St. Kentigern College, where he shared his schooling days with fellow All Blacks such as Joe Rokocoko and Jerome Kaino, Afoa has forged an extraordinary career spanning over two decades. His rugby exploits have taken him across the globe, plying his trade for clubs in his homeland of New Zealand, as well as venturing to England, France, and Ireland, where he garnered a legion of devoted fans along the way.
After an absence from Super Rugby since 2011, it was inevitable that the former Auckland Blues player would receive a grand reception upon his return. His comeback was cemented with a resounding 42-18 victory over The Waratahs, ticking off an impressive comeback.
Welcome back, John Afoa 😍
— Super Rugby Pacific (@SuperRugby) May 27, 2023
His technical expertise, physical prowess, and longevity in the game have made him a revered figure in both domestic and international rugby. Afoa’s legacy serves as an inspiration to aspiring players and a testament to his exceptional abilities as a prop.