Richard Kahui

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.

Richard Kahui
Date of birth (1985-06-09) 9 June 1985
Place of birthTokoroa, New Zealand
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Weight101 kg (15 st 13 lb; 223 lb)[2]
SchoolForest View High School
UniversityWaikato Institute of Technology
SpouseAmy Rhodes (Kahui)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013– Toshiba Brave Lupus 43 (75)
Correct as of 15 January 2017
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2004–12 Waikato 35 (75)
Correct as of 2 August 2013
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
Correct as of 26 May 2013
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008–2012 New Zealand 17 (50)
Correct as of 5 November 2012



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'.[3]

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.[4]


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.

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


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