Alama Ieremia is one of those guys you almost forgot had ever played the game of rugby. And that's not fair on a guy who was one of the best midfielders around in the mid to late 90's.
Ieremia was a foundation player at the Hurricanes in 1996 and went on to play 41 Super Rugby matches right up until he left New Zealand for Japan in 2001.
He managed five test matches for Samoa, his country of birth, in 1992-1993 as a youngster before making his debut for the All Blacks in 1994. He played 30 test matches for the All Blacks, most of those behind Walter Little in his early days, but as a first choice centre later in his career.
Ieremia was a strong ball-runner, a powerful defender and blossomed into one of the most consistent Hurricanes and All Blacks midfielders ever.
He went on to build a very successful coaching career, first in Japan at Suntory, then with the Wellington ITM Cup side and presently with his beloved Hurricanes as an assistant. Ieremia is one of the favourites to succeed current coach Mark Hammett when he finishes at the end of the 2014 Super Rugby season.
Watch Ieremia score the very first Super Rugby try in history.
Which former Hurricanes player would you like to see a Friday Flasback on?