Andrew Makalio joined the Crusaders for the first time in 2017, after an impressive debut season in the 2016 Mitre 10 Cup.
The athletic front-rower spent his formative years playing rugby in Auckland, and was 'Man of the Match' for the Grammar TEC team that won the Auckland club premier trophy, the Gallaher Shield, in 2015. He then made the move to Harlequins club in Blenheim with the goal of taking the next step up to first-class provincial rugby.
He made his debut for Tasman against Waikato in 2016 and continued to impress with his strength and mobility around the field, making 12 appearances for the Mako that season - including a starting spot at hooker for the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership Final against Canterbury.
Since making his debut against the Sunwolves in 2017, Makalio now has more than 40 appearances in Super Rugby for the Crusaders and helped the Mako to their second consecutive Mitre 10 Cup Premiership title in 2020.