As well as being a Northland staple, Wright has played for the Blues and Maori All Blacks.
Wellsford’s Ross Wright played for the Maori All Blacks team that triumphed over the new Moana Pasifika team this month.
It is the third time that Wright has run on for the squad since giving up his lawnmowing business in 2018 to pursue his rugby career.
He has toured with the team to the United States and South America, and last year he was part of the “home and away” series with Fijj.
The Maori All Blacks versus Pasifka Moana clash was the team’s only scheduled match of the season.
In its post-match analysis, NZ Rugby credited Wright for contributing to tilt the match in the Maori All Black’s favour.
“Neither side could claim the ascendancy during the first half, but the second half immediately brought better results for the Māori,” NZ Rugby says.
“A string of penalties conceded by Moana Paskifa, including one from an outstanding scrum, where replacement props Ross Wright and Tamaiti Williams blew Moana Pasifika off the ball, allowed a try-scoring chance to emerge.”
The Maori All Blacks ultimately claimed a 28-21 win. The match was played at the FGM Stadium Waikato in Hamilton.