Super Rugby's super couples

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Thursday, 16 March 2017, 11:05PM
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It's been nearly a month since the latest Super Rugby season kicked off.

And while the serious rugby fans worry about early injuries and rumours of teams being cut from the competition next year, we've focused on something much more interesting: the rugby stars and the significant others who currently make up the game's most glamorous couples.

Nehe Milner-Skudder and Hanna Tevita

An All Black and an actress - it doesn't get much more glamorous than that. (In New Zealand, anyway.)

While Nehe Milner-Skudder's been pretty unlucky on the field lately, what with a major shoulder injury ending his entire season last year and a fractured foot this past weekend, he’s been lucky in love off the field.

He and girlfriend Hanna Tevita have been together since before his meteoric rise through the rugby ranks, with Tevita saying she’s "very, very proud" of her partner’s achievements.

And Milner-Skudder's downtime through injury last year meant he was able to support Tevita at the launch of one of her more high-profile acting projects, TVNZ's reboot of Terry Teo, in which she plays Terry's sister, Polly.

However, Tevita told Spy during the last World Cup that it wasn't love at first sight for the couple.

"It definitely wasn't fireworks. I don't think we were too fond of each other when we first met. It definitely took a bit of time. I think we were both a bit hesitant," she said.

But they certainly haven't looked back since finally finding that spark.


Superb day at the @wellingtonraces with this Stunner 😙

A post shared by Nehe Milner-Skudder (@skudz015) on Jan 20, 2017 at 10:16pm PST


TJ Perenara and Greer Samuel

Hurricanes star TJ Perenara and his girlfriend Greer Samuel are one of the cutest couples around and still going strong after seven years together.

When they're not hanging out at home in Wellington, the duo enjoy travelling the world when Perenara's rugby schedule allows. Their latest off-season holiday was an American adventure filled with theme parks, Broadway shows and NBA games.

Samuel has also proven to be an exceptionally good sport with the attention her All Black partner garners.

Breakfast weather presenter Matt McLean has long been a fan of Perenara's physical attributes – and Samuel is only too happy to play along when the TVNZ star tweets what he's thinking of her beau.



A post shared by Greer Samuel (@greer_louise) on Jan 17, 2017 at 1:11am PST


Israel and Daisy Dagg

Life is about to change dramatically for these high school sweethearts, with the birth of their first baby – a boy – just weeks away.

While Israel Dagg has been out training and playing with his Crusaders teammates (until a significant knee injury last weekend), his interior designer wife has been decorating the nursery. (And may we just say that baby has got some flash-looking digs to come home to.)

The couple are also busy building a holiday home in Queenstown along with fellow All Black Beauden Barrett and his girlfriend, Hannah Laity. 



Beauden Barrett and Hannah Laity

Speaking of Barrett and Laity, this list wouldn't be complete without their names added to it.

The World Rugby Player of the Year and his tax accountant girlfriend are often spied at glamorous events in both Wellington and Auckland, with their combined star power an obvious drawcard for those making up invitation lists.

The polo, the races, corporate balls, numerous weddings and exotic holidays – they get to everything. We're not sure how these two find the time to cram it all in to an already busy schedule, but they certainly manage it with style.


A post shared by Hannah Laity (@hannahlaity) on Aug 9, 2016 at 11:06pm PDT


Jerome and Di Kaino

At nearly 34 years of age, Blues player Jerome Kaino is definitely in veteran territory on the field, but he and his wife Di are still one of our favourite Super Rugby duos.

As Kaino revealed in his biography a couple of years ago, it hasn't always been plain sailing for the couple.

But they are well and truly out the other side of those troubles with three very cute children (Milan, Kobe and Grayson) in tow these days.


A post shared by The Kaino Family (@kaino_tribe) on Feb 22, 2017 at 4:21pm PST


Ardie Savea and Saskia Hartmann

Many would have probably expected Ardie Savea's brother, Julian, to make this list, alongside wife Fatima. And yes, they are quite the glamorous couple.

However, we've gone for Ardie and his long-term girlfriend, Saskia Hartmann this time, based purely on their ensemble for the Wellington Races several weeks ago.

Because how often do you get an All Black styled in peach-coloured dungarees?


Races with this stylish man ❤️

A post shared by Saskia Hartmann (@saskiahh) on Jan 20, 2017 at 6:14pm PST