Greg Pleasants-Tate
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Greg Pleasants-Tate

Greg Pleasants-Tate
Full nameGregory William Pleasants-Tate
Date of birth (1991-05-12) 12 May 1991 (age 30)
Place of birthWhanganui, New Zealand
Height180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight118 kg (260 lb; 18 st 8 lb)
SchoolTakapuna Grammar School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker, Prop
Current team Southland
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011-2012 Bay of Plenty 11 (5)
2013-2014 North Harbour 20 (15)
2015 Blues 1 (0)
2015-2017 Auckland 25 (30)
2016-2018 Highlanders 18 (20)
2018 Canterbury 5 (20)
2019- Southland 9 (20)
Correct as of 8 September 2020
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011 New Zealand U20 2 (5)
Correct as of 8 September 2020

Greg Pleasants-Tate (born 12 May 1991) is a New Zealand rugby union player who has played as a hooker for Bay of Plenty, North Harbour, Auckland, Canterbury and Southland in New Zealand's domestic Mitre 10 Cup and the Blues and Highlanders in the international Super Rugby competition.[1][2][3][4][5]

Early career

Born in Whanganui, a city on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island, Pleasants-Tate moved north during his schooling and was educated at Takapuna Grammar School on the North Shore of Auckland where he played first XV rugby while also turning out for North Harbour at age-group level.[3]

Senior career

Despite coming through the youth ranks at North Harbour, Pleasants-Tate made his senior ITM Cup debut with the Bay of Plenty Steamers during the 2011 season. He played 2 seasons of rugby in Rotorua and notched up 11 appearances before switching back to Harbour in 2013 where he played all 10 games in a dismal campaign for the men from Auckland's North Shore in which they would finish bottom of the Championship table.

2014 was not a great season for North Harbour, finishing 5th on the Championship log, however Pleasants-Tate put in some strong performances in the number 1 jersey, starting all 10 games during the regular season and scoring 2 tries. That would prove to be his final season in North Shore City and he made the short move to join ITM Cup Premiership side Auckland for the 2015 ITM Cup. He played 10 times as a hooker for Auckland in his first year with them as they reached the Premiership final before losing out 25-23 to Canterbury. 2016 did not prove to be as strong a year for either party, with Auckland ending up 5th in the Premiership table, outside of the playoff places and injury holding Pleasants-Tate back in the latter part of the season and restricting him to just 6 appearances during which time he managed to score 3 tries.[5][6]

Super Rugby

Four seasons of solid performances at domestic level saw him finally earn a crack at Super Rugby when the Auckland-based Blues named him in their wider training group for the 2015 Super Rugby season.[7] Able to cover both number 1 and 2 jerseys, but having played the previous domestic season as a hooker for Auckland, Pleasants-Tate had to vie with Matt Moulds to provide back up to All Blacks; Keven Mealamu and James Parsons and subsequently only made 1 substitute appearance against the Rebels during what would be his only season with the Blues.

Now focusing almost exclusively on playing hooker, Pleasants-Tate found himself surplus to requirements with the Blues and moved south to Dunedin ahead of the 2016 Super Rugby season to take a place as a member of the Highlanders wider training group, providing cover for Liam Coltman and Ash Dixon, the franchise's 2 established hookers. The Highlanders were defending Super Rugby champions in 2016, but were unable to hold on to their crown, losing out to the Lions in Johannesburg in the competition's semi-finals. However, Pleasants-Tate, had a productive year and made 7 substitute appearances.[5]

Tony Brown replaced the Japan-bound Jamie Joseph as Highlanders head-coach ahead of the 2017 season and he retained Pleasants-Tate in the squad for the year.[4]

International career

Pleasants-Tate was a member of the New Zealand Under-20 side which won the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship in Italy, playing 2 times and scoring 1 try.[8][9]

Career Honours

New Zealand Under-20

Super Rugby Statistics

As of 31 March 2017[5]
Season Team Games Starts Sub Mins Tries Cons Pens Drops Points Yel Red
2015 Blues 1 0 1 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 Highlanders 9 0 9 100 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 10 0 10 110 1 0 0 0 0 0 0


  1. ^ "Greg Pleasants-Tate Auckland Player Profile". Auckland Rugby. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Greg Pleasants-Tate ESPN Scrum Player Profile". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Greg Pleasants-Tate Highlanders Player Profile". Highlanders Rugby. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Highlanders 2017 Squad Guide" (PDF). All Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d "Greg Pleasants-Tate Player Statistics". Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "ITM Cup: Auckland hooker happy to fly under the radar". New Zealand Herald. 23 October 2015. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "Blues 2015 Squad Naming" (PDF). All Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "Greg Pleasants-Tate New Zealand Under-20 Player Profile". All Blacks. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ "New Zealand Under 20 squad named". All Blacks. 28 April 2011. Archived from the original on 1 October 2018. Retrieved 2014.

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