Born in Moto’otua, Manu Samoa international James Lay joins Moana Pasifika’s front row in 2024. The reliable prop makes his way to the team after winning 12 caps with the Auckland Blues, debuting in 2020.
In the set piece department, Lay is one of the finest in the competition. The 29-year-old is 1.78 m tall, weighs 118kg, and can play on both sides of the scrum, putting him in top company among front rowers. Lay will be thrilling to watch in the Moana Pasifika jersey after having played under a familiar coach in Fa’alogo Tana Umaga.
Nick Name: Layzer, Jimmy
Junior Clubs: Glenfield RFC, Kaitaia RFC, Takahue RFC
Senior Clubs: Auckland University RFC, Pakuranga RFC
2023 NPC Team: Auckland
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