Auckland Marist's history with the New Zealand "All Blacks" dates back over 100 years... to 1913 in fact. 
​​​​​​​These are our Auckland Marist players who have proudly worn the All Blacks jersey.

Hoskins Colin Ryder SOTUTU

Date of Birth: 12th July 1998 in Auckland

All Black No. 1186 and Marist All Black No. 31

Positions: Loose Forward

ALL BLACKS in 2020 to the present [10 Games - 10 tests and scoring 5 points through a try scored against Italy in 2021]

Other First Class level games of note include:

- At provincial level for Auckland from 2018 through to 2020 [17 games scoring 10 points] and then for Counties Manukau in 2021 [2 games].

- At "Super Rugby" level for the Blues from 2019 through to the present [24 games scoring 45 points].

- At National level for other New Zealand teams that included for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Team in 2016, the New Zealand Under 20's Team in 2018, and the North Island in 2020.

COMMENTS:

1. Sotutu was educated at Sacred Heart College in Auckland and from that school he was selected for the New Zealand Secondary Schools team in 2016. Interestingly he had played the majority of his rugby as a Utility Back until the later years of his time at College, but when he moved into the Forwards that was when he very quickly changed into a high quality Loose Forward playing mainly at Number 8.

2. Sototu is the son of former Marist player and the current "Director of Rugby" for our club, Waisake Sotutu, who himself was an outstanding player who represented Auckland, the Blues, and Fiji [including being the Vice Captain of the team at the 1999 Rugby World Cup] during his playing career. His mother, Adelita, also played rugby representing the Auckland "Storm" in 1991 and 1992 while his sister Teuila plays for the Auckland Women's Sevens team as well as has played Netball for New Zealand at Under 21 level.

3. Although born in New Zealand, Sotutu was elligible to play for Fiji [Dad], England [Mum], and New Zealand [birth]. In 2020, he was contacted by the England Coach, Eddie Jones, to assess his interest in playing for England, but when he signed to play for the Blues for another two seasons he also committed himself to play for New Zealand.

4. Upon leaving school, Sotutu began playing for our proud Marist Brothers Old Boys Rugby Club in 2017. He was a member of our Club's Under 21 Team that won the Auckland Provincial Grade Championship in a Final played on Auckland's Eden Park that season with him playing the match at First Five Eighth. He was a member of our Club's Premier Team that played in the Final of the "2019 Gallaher Shield" [sadly lost to our great rivals based at Western Springs].

5. In 2017, Sotutu was a member of the Auckland Under 19's team that played in the "Jock Hobbs Memorial Tournament" and that team won the "Graham Mourie Cup" as the winners of the Top Division at the tournament. That same season, he became a member of the Blues Academy system and he was a member of the Blues team that won the "2018 Brisbane 10's" Tournament.

6. Sotutu made his debut for Auckland in 2018 in the match played against Counties Manukau and at the end of that season he became a "fully contracted player" as a member of the Blues playing in "Super Rugby". That season, he was selected for the New Zealand "Under 20's" team that competed at the "2018 World Rugby Under 20's Championships" held in France with the New Zealand team finishing fourth [beaten by the tournament champions, France, in the Semi-Finals].

7. Sotutu made his "debut" for the Blues in "Super Rugby" during the match played against the Crusaders in Christchurch for Round 15 in 2019 and the previous season he was a member of the Auckland team that won the "2018 Mitre 10 Premiership" by defeating Canterbury in the Final played at Eden Park in Auckland.

8. In 2020, Sotutu was the form Loose Forward in "Super Rugby" before suffering an injury. However, based upon his outstanding form prior to that injury, he was selected in the "North Island" team to play in the "2020 Inter Island" match which doubled as a Trial for the New Zealand "All Black" team being selected for the "2020 Bledisloe Cup Series" and "2020 Rugby Championship Series".

9. Sotutu was selected  for the New Zealand "All Blacks" immediately following that "Inter Island" match and he very proudly made his "debut" for our country when he came off "The Bench" in the Test Match played against Australia in Wellington on the 11th October 2020 [a match drawn 16-16]. Next, he started the Second Test match that was played in his home city of Auckland again joining the game from "The Bench" when he entered the game midway through the Second Half to play his part in a resounding victory for the All Blacks. Then, he got his first "Start" in the Third Test match of that series played in Sydney after the tournament transfered to Australia and this was another excellent victory for the All Blacks which meant that the All Blacks retained the "Bledisloe Cup" for 2020. He again played for the All Blacks in 2021 and he scored his first points for his country when he scored a try in the Test Match played against Italy in Rome.

10. Aged only 23-years-old, Sotutu has a massive future ahead of him and his pathway to the pinnacle of New Zealand Rugby is a combination of talent, passion, and hardwork... an inspiration for any talented and aspiring young player.

STILL CURRENTLY PLAYING IN NEW ZEALAND