Nehe Milner-Skudder
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Nehe Milner-Skudder

Nehe Milner-Skudder
Nehe Milner-Skudder 2015 RWC.jpg
Full nameNehe Rihara Milner-Skudder
Date of birth (1990-12-15) 15 December 1990 (age 29)
Place of birthTaihape, New Zealand
Height180 cm (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight90 kg (198 lb; 14 st 2 lb)[2]
SchoolQueen Elizabeth College
UniversityMassey University
Notable relative(s)Buff Milner (cousin)
George Skudder (uncle)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback, Wing
Current team Highlanders
All Black No. 1146
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011-2018 Manawatu 50 (35)
2015-2019 Hurricanes 35 (40)
2019-2020 Toulon 0 (0)
2020- Highlanders 0 (0)
Correct as of 15 April 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014-2017 M?ori All Blacks 3 (10)
2015-2018 New Zealand 13 (60)
2015 Barbarian F.C. 2 (5)
2018 World XV 1 (0)
Correct as of 15 April 2019

Nehe Rihara Milner-Skudder (born 15 December 1990) is a New Zealand rugby union player who currently plays as a winger for the Highlanders.

He was selected for the All Blacks in 2015, and was a key member of 2015 Rugby World Cup winning team. He scored New Zealand's first try in the 2015 RWC final, going over in the far right corner just before half time, and was awarded the World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year in 2015.

Family background

Milner-Skudder was born 15 December 1990 in Taihape, New Zealand. On the Maori side he is of the Ngati Porou and Tapuika tribes.

Heneriata Milner is a cousin of the late All Black centre Henare 'Buff' Milner, an All Black in 1968-1970. Milner-Skudder's father Richard is a younger brother of George Skudder (George represented the All Blacks, also as a winger in 1969 and 1972).

Another All Black Tanerau Latimer (five tests; six games 2009) is Nehe's first cousin. Ben Atiga was another All Black (1 test 2003) from the same wider family. Their forefathers were born and raised in Lapaha, Tongatapu in Tonga, before they left to New Zealand. Two members of the earlier generations of the Skudder family were part of 94 a group of Tongans who volunteered to join the Pioneer Maori Battalion and Niue Battalion during WWI.

Domestic career

Milner-Skudder began his professional career by switching to rugby league and was a member of the Sydney-based, Canterbury Bulldogs Under-20s Holden Cup team in 2009 and 2010. He moved back to New Zealand for 2011 and linked up with the Massey University rugby union team, before being selected by his local ITM Cup side, Manawatu, debuting during the 2011 season. He quickly established himself as a regular in the Manawatu starting line-ups and although injury limited him to just five appearances in 2013 he was named as a member of the Hurricanes wider training group for the 2014 Super Rugby season.[3] A very impressive ITM Cup campaign in 2014 in which Manawatu topped the Championship division saw him upgraded to the Hurricanes official squad for 2015.[4]

Milner-Skudder sustained a serious shoulder injury against the Blues in March 2016, requiring surgery to be performed. This meant he missed out on the rest of the Hurricanes' successful Super Rugby campaign that year- which saw the Hurricanes win the title after beating the Lions of South Africa in the 2016 Super Rugby final. Milner-Skudder's injury, along with Julian Savea's poor form saw the Hurricanes back-line change extensively throughout the campaign, before settling for Jason Woodward and former All Black Cory Jane on the wings, while James Marshall was shifted to fullback.

Milner-Skudder began training with Manawatu for the 2016 ITM Cup, but did not play as he had not recovered properly. However, in 2017, Milner-Skuuder was released from the All Blacks, thus being able to play a game for Manawatu.

International career

Of Ng?ti Porou and Tapuika descent, Milner-Skudder was called up to the M?ori All Blacks squad for their 2014 end-of-year tour of Japan.[5] He was selected for the All Blacks in 2015. He scored two tries for the All Blacks in his first Test against Australia in Sydney on 8 August 2015; Milner-Skudder was, along with Sonny Bill Williams, one of two former Bulldogs in the All Blacks team. He later roomed with Williams in Britain after being selected to play at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.[6] Milner-Skudder went on to win the 2015 Rugby World Cup with New Zealand, scoring the first try in the 34-17 final win over Australia and being named by the Guardian as one of the players of the tournament.[7]

In May 2016, Milner-Skudder did not make the All Blacks squad for the three test series against Wales due to injury. Milner-Skudder, Charlie Ngatai, James Broadhurst and Sonny Bill Williams were all not considered for selection due to injury for the rest of the entire year. Milner-Skudder returned to Super Rugby in 2017 but had an ankle injury in round three. The injury meant missing out on selection for the All Blacks against the British and Irish Lions, but Milner-Skudder was selected for the Maori All Blacks instead. However, Milner-Skudder was selected for the 2017 Rugby Championship. He played his first test in nearly two years against Argentina in New Plymouth, where he scored a try in the All Blacks 39-22 win.

That same year, Milner-Skudder was awarded Man of the Match for his performance in the first test against South Africa which included two tries. In the second test against South Africa, Milner-Skudder left the field at half time with another serious shoulder injury, ruling him out of rugby for at least 6 months.

International tries

Try Opponent Location Venue Competition Date Result
1, 2  Australia Sydney ANZ Stadium 2015 Rugby Championship 8 August 2015 Lost 27-19
3, 4  Namibia London, England Olympic Stadium 2015 Rugby World Cup 24 September 2015 Won 58-14
5, 6  Tonga Newcastle, England St. James' Park 2015 Rugby World Cup 9 October 2015 Won 47-9
7  France Cardiff, Wales Millennium Stadium 2015 Rugby World Cup 17 October 2015 Won 62-13
8  Australia London, England Twickenham 2015 Rugby World Cup 31 October 2015 Won 34-17
9  Argentina New Plymouth, New Zealand Yarrow Stadium 2017 Rugby Championship 9 September 2017 Won 39-22
10, 11  South Africa Albany, New Zealand QBE Stadium 2017 Rugby Championship 16 September 2017 Won 57-0
12  Argentina Nelson, New Zealand Trafalgar Park 2018 Rugby Championship 8 September 2018 Won 46-24


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  3. ^ "Nehe Milner-Skudder Hurricanes Player Profile". Hurricanes Rugby. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "Super leg-up for Milner-Skudder". Manawatu Standard. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "2014 Maori All Blacks squad named". All 21 October 2014. Archived from the original on 18 June 2017. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ Brad Walter (21 September 2015). "Rugby World Cup 2015: Why critics shouldn't be surprised by NRL stars excelling in 15-man code". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "Rugby World Cup 2015: Guardian writers give their verdicts". Guardian. 2 November 2015. Retrieved 2015.

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