Finlay Christie rugby player
Finlay Christie rugby player

Finlay Christie

19th Sep 1994 1.77m/82kg Scrum Half

Born in Scotland before moving with his family to Pukekohe at the age of seven, the former New Zealand gymnastics representative's short rugby career has already taken its share of twists and turns.

After leaving St Kentigern College in Auckland he played age-grade rugby for Counties-Manukau before heading south to study commerce at Canterbury University.

A Canterbury Colts representative in 2015, his form in Christchurch club rugby saw him awarded the Hawkins Medal as the competition’s top player the following year and led to a contract offer from Tasman to play in the 2016 Mitre 10 Cup.

Rotating the starting number 9 duties with the more experienced Billy Guyton, Christie made 10 appearances and scored one try as the Makos reached the Premiership final before going down to a strong Canterbury side.

His impressive first season at provincial level meant that it came as no surprise when he landed a Super Rugby contract with the Chiefs ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby season.

In July 2017, the Livewire Tasman halfback Christie signed a two-year contract with the Hurricanes.

He joined the Hurricanes off the back of a successful debut Super Rugby season that saw him earn 8 caps for the Chiefs. Christie starred for Tasman during the 2017 Mitre 10 Cup as his side made their way to their 2nd Mitre 10 Cup final in as many years.

He made 14 appearances for the Hurricanes during his two seasons with the club scoring one try before he signed with the Blues for the 2020 Super rugby season. He entered the 2020 season with 22 Super Rugby caps and one try.

Christie heads into the 2020 Mitre 10 Cup season having made 43 appearances for Tasman Makos.

The scrumhalf has become an integral part of the Blues and helped the side end their 18-year wait for silverware as they won the 2021 Super Rugby Trans Tasman earning himself a call up to the All Blacks squad.

Christie made his test debut against Tonga at Mount Smart Stadium, coming off the bench in a 102–0 win for the All Blacks, becoming All Black number 1196. He played a further 4 test matches in 2021 and after more outstanding performances in Super Rugby he was again selected for the All Blacks in 2022.

Christie is now an established member of the Blues family, coupled with his experience in the black jersey, 2023 is likely to be another big year for the tenacious halfback.

Ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023, Christie has been named in the squad for New Zealand.

April 23' SC


TRU Tasman Mako
Scrum Half
2016 - present
auckland-blues Blues
Scrum Half
2020 - present
New Zealand New Zealand
Scrum Half
2021 - present
chiefs Chiefs
Scrum Half
2017 - 2017
hurricanes Hurricanes
Scrum Half
2018 - 2019
Scrum Half
2020 - 2021