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Sam an exciting prospect for rugby

Friday May 25, 2018 Written by Published in Rugby Union
Sam an exciting prospect for rugby Sam an exciting prospect for rugby

Sam Anderson-Heather or “Simmo”, son of Henry Heather and Hayley Anderson and grandson of Heather Heather, is an exciting prospect for the Cook Islands Rugby World Cup qualifier squad.

Anderson-Heather is the current captain of the Otago Mitre 10 Cup team and captained the New Zealand Barbarians in their match against the British & Irish Lions in 2017.  

The man comes from good stock.

His father Henry played at prop for Hawkes Bay and his grandfather, on his mother’s side, John Francis Anderson was a former prop for the Otago provincial team between 1955 and 1964.

Henry and Hayley are frequently on the island and partake often in the annual Round the Rock Run and Triathlon.

Anderson-Heather talks rugby in a special Q&A session with Cook Islands Rugby Union.

What position do you play?


What is your home village in the Cook Islands?


What club/s are you currently involved with?

Otago Rugby Football Union, Dunedin Rugby Football Club

What professional teams do you / have you played for?

Highlanders, NZ Barbarians, TVP Pforzhiem

What has been the highlight of your career?

Captaining the NZ Barbarians against the British & Irish Lions in 2017; winning the premiere banner with the Dunedin Sharks in Dunedin.

Who is your favourite rugby player?

Carlos Spencer; and Will Henry

How old were you when you first started playing rugby / what club?

6 yrs old, Hastings Rugby and Sport.

What would it mean for you to represent the Cook Islands in Rugby?

A chance to represent my family and give back to Cook Islands Rugby.

I would really love to spend more time with young aspiring players in Rarotonga and share my experiences and help them grow.

My island connection has made me the player I am so I’d love to finally get the chance to put on the jersey and make my family and country proud.

            - CIRU

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