Paul Tito

The durable Paul Tito was a regular feature of Hurricanes packs over eight Super rugby campaigns, reaching 84 matches by the close of the 2007 season, the most by a Hurricanes forward and the third most appearances behind Tana Umaga and Christian Cullen.

 

In that time the popular Taranaki lock became a crucial part of the side and in his final Hurricanes season started in every match. One of the best lineout forwards in the country, he was always wholly committed to the cause – when the going got tough, Tito got going.

 

Tito developed a cult status in his home province of Taranaki over the best part of a decade, and as captain of the amber and blacks, reached the milestone of 100 games for them during the 2006 Air New Zealand Cup.

 

He joined the Hurricanes in 2000, after cracking his first Super 12 season as a replacement for the Chiefs in 1999, and by 2004 had became the 10th player to play 50 games for the Hurricanes.

 

All Black honours eluded him, but he was a regular fixture in New Zealand Maori sides from 2000 and captained them to victory at the 2006 Churchill Cup in Canada.

 

He also played for New Zealand U19 in 1997, and in 1999 he was made captain of the New Zealand Colts, leading the side to a runner-up position at the International U21 tournament in Argentina.

Early in 2007 Tito announced his departure for the Cardiff Blues in the Magners League, where he became their captain in 2008/09. At the end of the following season in May 2010 he had racked 74 games for the Blues.

Tito became captain of Cardiff and reached 100 games for them in 2011. After five seasons at Cardiff, Tito left the Blues at the conclusion of 2011/12.

In 2013, Tito was assistant coach of New Plymouth Boys’ High School, alongside former Hurricanes fullback Daryl Lilley. In 2014 he was lineout coach of the Taranaki side that won the ITM Cup.

Years: 
2000-2007
Caps: 
84
Player Number: 
78