Joe Wheeler

Player Details

Position Lock/Loose Forward
Born 20/10/1987
Height 2.00m
Weight 111kg
Club Harlequins RFC
Province Tasman
Provincial Caps 80
provincial points 40 (8t)
Provincial Debut 2008 v Taranaki
Super Rugby Caps 52
Super Rugby Points 5
Super Rugby Debut 2010 v Sharks (Crusaders)


Joe Wheeler will play his fifth season with the Highlanders in 2017 after being selected from the Tasman ITM Cup team where he has been an integral part of the Makos' forward pack since 2008. Wheeler can play both lock and loose forward which gives his coaches additional options at selection time. Joe is a skillful lock, great team man and consistent performer on and off the field. He has spent the off season in Japan playing for the Suntory and will rejoin the squad in early 2017. He was born in Christchurch and was part of the Crusaders' set-up from 2010-12 and has made 52 Super Rugby appearances. Wheeler has great chat and is the face of Highlanders TV, after his playing days are behind him he hopes to pursue a career as a rugby commentator or radio presenter.

What is your first rugby memory?

Oranges at halftime
Best rugby moment to date?  Winning the Super Rugby Championship 2015
Who is your favourite rugby player?  Ben Smith
Favourite singer/band? Kings of Leon, Calvin Harris
Favourite food?  Lamb Shanks, Scallops, Blue Cod... Its too hard to decide
Best thing your mother taught you? Eat your vegetables and Keep It OOOONNNN
If you weren't a rugby player what would you be doing?  I would love to be a commentator or on the radio
Do you have a favourite quote? Invest in your dream. Grind now. Shine later
What does representing the Highlanders mean to you? It gives me a chance to help make the most passionate fans in the region proud of their team
Twitter:  @joey_wheelz
Instagram:  joeywheels