Massey High School First XV player inspired by older siblings taking on the All Blacks.

Being named after your three older brothers - all of whom have had successful rugby careers - can be a burden for a teenager.

But Mackenave Pisi takes it all in his stride and for him, the challenge is not to be like his brothers, but to be better than them.

The 16-year-old plays in the number 12 jersey for Massey High School's First XV rugby team.

Support for the Manu Samoa has reached fever pitch and has been helped along by local television advertisements calling on locals to get behind their boys. One of the team's key sponsors - telecommunications company Bluesky - has been running various promotions in the lead-up to the historic match against the All Blacks on Wednesday. Among them is a TV ad that has proven to be hugely popular online and has been viewed almost 150,000 times on the company's Facebook page.

He is the youngest brother of Manu Samoa players Tusi, George and Ken Pisi - all of whom are former Massey First XV captains.


"I'm named after them. Tusi's other name is Makesi, George's other name is Ave, and then Ken.

"Knowing they've done so well has put pressure on me to do well too. But it's been good to grow up with role models like them."

Ken and George Pisi. Photo / Getty Images
Ken and George Pisi. Photo / Getty Images

Asked what made him different from his brothers, the year 12 student points out personality traits and abilities off the field.

"I'm probably better at school than them. Well, George anyway," he said, laughing.

George is out injured so will not be available for the All Blacks' first test in Apia tomorrow. But Tusi and Ken have been named in the squad to take on the All Blacks.

Mackenave said seeing his brothers play at international level helped to inspire him to chase a revered jersey too.

Not the blue jersey, however.

"The goal right now is the black jersey. That's what I'm chasing.

But you never know what happens. I'd like to play for the blue jersey too."

He did, however, hope Manu Samoa put up a good contest against the world champs.

Tusi Pisi. Photo / Getty Images
Tusi Pisi. Photo / Getty Images

If a career in rugby doesn't happen for the youngest of the Pisi brothers, there's another field he is interested in pursuing - that of the medical kind.

"I wanna be a doctor one day. I wanna do well in school and do that later. So yeah, It's not all about rugby."

The details


Manu Samoa v All Blacks.


Tomorrow 2pm (NZ time).


Apia Park, Samoa


All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Samoa for the first time.

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• All Blacks arrived last night.
• 29C and 77% humidity, wind 19km/h is forecast for the game.
• The test match will be played in front of 8000 fans.
• The Samoan public have a half-day off for the test.
• The All Blacks last played Samoa on September 3, 2008, winning 101-14 in New Plymouth.
• Mils Muliaina, born in Samoa, scored a hat trick.
• Four All Blacks who are set to play tomorrow - Dan Carter, Tony Woodcock, Jerome Kaino and Keven Mealamu - also played in the New Plymouth test.
• Richie McCaw missed the 2008 test because of a rib injury. He has never faced Manu Samoa.
• Head to head
• New Zealand: $1.01
• Samoa: $15
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