Thursday, 16 June 2016

Player Profile - Syd Eru

DOB: 26/7/1971
CLUB DEBUT: 28/3/1995 vs WESTS


Eru played for the Upper Hutt Tigers in the Wellington Rugby League and Rockingham as well as Perth in Australia. In 1993 he was part of Upper Hutt's Premiership winning team and played for Wellington in their 27-22 defeat of Auckland. He was then invited to be part of an Auckland Invitational XIII side that drew 16-16 with the Balmain Tigers. 

He was signed by the Auckland Warriors for their debut season in 1995 as a back up hooker. As the season progressed he eventually replaced Duane Mann, the New Zealand Kiwis captain, as both the Auckland Warriors and New Zealand hooker. 

His career was frequently marred by injuries and only managed to play 59 games in 5 seasons with the club. Eru remained with the Warriors until the end of 1999, where he then retired to Western Australia. He was forced to retire due to a serious wrist injury.   


Eru first came to national attention when he played for the Junior Kiwis in 1990 and made his debut for Wellington. In 1991 he played for the Kiwi Colts side who defeated France 28-8. 

Eru represented the New Zealand Maori in 1992 and 1993, debuting at the 1992 Pacific Cup. He was a Kiwi trialist in 1993 but missed selection for the Great Britain and France tour.

Eru made his New Zealand Kiwis debut in 1995 and was also selected to represent the Kiwis at the 95 World Cup. At the tournament, Eru tested positive to Ephedrine. Eru played 20 tests between 1995-98 including stand out performances in victories over Great Britain in 96 and Australia in 97.


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