Mealamu to take up ambassador role

Mealamu to take up ambassador role

The Blues believe that New Zealand Rugby could not have selected a more appropriate candidate as an Ambassador for the sport in Auckland than Keven Mealamu.

The All Black, Blues and Auckland hooker, who has played a record 175 Super Rugby appearances and 126 tests to date, has officially announced his retirement from the sport at the end of the 2015 season.
However Mealamu is to become a New Zealand Rugby Ambassador working for the national body for the next two years with a particular focus on the wider Auckland strategy and community rugby.
The Blues organisation, who paid tribute to Mealamu at the end of Super Rugby in 2015, have established the Keven Mealamu Medal awarded each year to the person who best represents the club’s Values.
“Keven’s record on the field speaks for itself, and his longevity in the sport has much to do with his professionalism in understanding what it takes to be a high performance athlete day-in, day-out,” said Blues Chief Executive Michael Redman.
“Off the field he is a truly good citizen in every respect. There is no-one better equipped to make a positive contribution to work with young rugby players around the values and culture required to become a professional rugby player.”
Mr Redman said the Blues and the wider Auckland region can only benefit from Mealamu’s continued involvement in the game.
“As a partner in the Wider Auckland Strategy we look forward to working with Keven in his new role.”