Charlie was very impressive in 2016 before concussion kept him sidelined for the rest of the season. We are looking forward to seeing him back in 2017 and the quality he brings to the team.. - The Chiefs
2016 saw midfield back Charlie Ngatai continue his impressive form of recent years which saw him earn a call up to the All Blacks squad to take on Wales. However, unfortunately due to concussion, Charlie had to sit out the rest of the year.
2015 was another big year for Charlie, making his All Blacks debut against Samoa. The Maori All Black captain was a finalist for the second year in a row for the Tom French Memorial Maori Player of the Year and is in fifth season with the Gallagher Chiefs.
On the back of another impressive year for his ITM Cup side Taranaki, the key play maker was awarded the Taranaki Sportsman of the Year and back of the Year and joint Player of the Year.
Ngatai has played for Wellington, New Zealand Under 20’s, New Zealand Schools and has represented New Zealand in the Colgate games as a sprinter.
Full birth date and place of birth
17.08.1990 in Gisborne
What representative teams have you been a part of (including high-school 1st fifteen)?
Gisborne Boys High School 1st XV (for four years), Hurricanes Schools, New Zealand Schools, New Zealand U20s, Maori All Blacks, Hurricanes, Gallagher Chiefs, All Blacks
What primary school(s) did you go to?
What high school(s) did you go to?
Gisborne Boys High
Favourite subject at school?
How many siblings do you have?
Who was your favourite player growing up?
Favourite band or musician?
What do you eat for breakfast on game day?
Poached eggs on toast
Fantasy dinner party: Who would be your top three dinner guests (dead or alive)?
Nelson Mandela and Jamie Oliver
What do you do for fun away from rugby?
Hunting, fishing and diving
Best holiday destination?
What would you eat for your last ever meal?
An interesting fact about you?
Went to the Youth Olympics and competed in the 100m and 4 x 100m relay
What advice would you give to your 10-year-old self?
Believe in yourself and have fun
What does representing the Gallagher Chiefs mean to you?
The friendships and the culture