Alama Ieremia

Alama Ieremia has the distinction of scoring the first ever try in Super rugby, against the Blues in the inaugural Super 12 match in Palmerston North in 1996.

Born and raised in Samoa, Ieremia came to New Zealand to study at Victoria University in Wellington and play rugby. A hard running and strong defensive midfield back, he first made the Wellington Lions NPC side in 1992 as a 21-year old, the first of eight seasons with the Lions. His crowning moment for Wellington was winning the NPC title in 2000 in his final first class match in New Zealand.

A 30-test All Black between 1994 and 2000, Ieremia had previously played internationals for Western Samoa in 1992-1993 – including a test match against the All Blacks at Eden Park in 1993. He made his test debut for New Zealand in 1994 against the Springboks in the white-hot cauldron of Carisbrook in Dunedin, and his last also against South Africa, in Johannesburg in 2000.

Ieremia was a regular selection in the Hurricanes, forming a reliable midfield partnership with Jason O’Halloran. He missed much of 1998 through injury, but came back strongly in 1999 and 2000, before moving to Japan in 2000 and spending six years playing for the Suntory Rugby Club

After his stint in Japan, Ieremia returned to Wellington to take up the assistant-coaching position on the Wellington Lions staff, joining head coach Aussie Mclean and Jamie Joseph and coached the Wellington U21s in 2008.

In 2009 Ieremia reached another Hurricanes milestone in becoming the first former Hurricanes player to return as part of the management, taking up the reins as an assistant /technical advisor under head coach Colin Cooper.

From 2011-2014 he was the Hurricanes’ assistant coach, alongside Mark Hammett, before moving on to become involved in coaching with Manu Samoa. In December 2015 he was appointed Head Coach of Samoa.

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