Aaron Mauger

An excellent all-round footballer, Aaron Mauger settled in as the All Blacks regular second five-eighths in 2005 but is comfortable at first-five and provides a valuable tactical and goal-kicking option for the All Blacks backline.

Deceptively athletic, Mauger possesses a nose for the gap, runs good lines and passes intelligently to set up his outsides. He has also played Rebel Sport Super 14 rugby as a centre and fullback.

A former New Zealand Under 21 captain, Mauger was named All Blacks captain for their season-closing match against the Barbarians at Twickenham in 2004 and key leadership provider in the All Blacks backline in 2006.

A mainstay for the Crusaders ever since his debut seven seasons ago, Aaron Mauger has been integral to a team's achievements which include four titles and two final appearances in seven seasons. Although he is at his best plying his trade as a second decision maker in the backline from second-five-eighths, such is Mauger's versatility and all-round skill that he has also functioned regularly in the representative arena as a first-five-eighth, and occasionally at both centre and fullback.

New Zealand Representative Teams
New Zealand Under 16 in 1996
New Zealand Schools in 1998
New Zealand Under 19 in 1998, 1999
New Zealand Under 21 in 1999–2001
All Blacks in 2001–2007

Career Notes
• Aaron and older brother Nathan (two non-Test caps in 2001) are the most recent pair of All Blacks brothers; the Maugers are nephews of the previous pair, Graeme and Stephen Bachop.
• Scored a try 54 minutes into his Test debut, against Ireland at Dublin in 2001.
• Is the only current All Black with a Test dropped goal to his name.
• Like his Canterbury, Crusaders and All Blacks five-eighth partner Dan Carter, he is a Christchurch Boys’ High School old boy.

Second Five-Eighths
1.83m, 92kg
Test Debut:
17/11/2001 v Ireland at Dublin
Test Points Breakdown:
13t, 8c, 1p, 2dg
Test Points:
Provincial Team:
Super Rugby Team:

Career Comments

  • Test match Record by Year
    (+) = substitute; (-) = replaced

    Nov 17 v Ireland at Dublin 40-29
    Nov 24 v Scotland at Edinburgh 37-6
    Dec 1 v Argentina at Buenos Aires 24-20

    Jun 8 v Italy at Hamilton 64-10 (+)
    Jun 15 v Ireland at Dunedin 15-6
    Jun 22 v Ireland at Auckland 40-8
    Jun 29 v Fiji at Wellington 68-18
    Jul 13 v Australia at Christchurch 12-6
    Jul 20 v South Africa at Wellington 41-20
    Aug 3 v Australia at Sydney 14-16
    Aug 10 v South Africa at Durban 30-23

    Jul 19 v South Africa at Pretoria 52-16
    Jul 26 v Australia at Sydney 50-21
    Aug 9 v South Africa at Dunedin 19-11
    Aug 16 v Australia at Auckland 21-17
    Nov 2 v Wales at Sydney 53-37
    Nov 8 v South Africa at Melbourne 29-9 (-)
    Nov 15 v Australia at Sydney 10-22
    Nov 20 v France at Sydney 40-13

    Aug 14 v South Africa at Johannesburg 26-40 (+)
    Nov 13 v Italy at Rome 59-10 (+)
    Nov 20 v Wales at Cardiff 26-25 (-)
    Nov 27 v France at Paris 45-6 (+)

    Jun 10 v Fiji at Albany 91-0
    Jun 25 v British & Irish Lions at Christchurch 21-3
    Jul 2 v British & Irish Lions at Wellington 48-18 (-)
    Aug 7 v South Africa at Cape Town 16-22
    Aug 13 v Australia at Sydney 30-13
    Aug 27 v South Africa at Dunedin 31-27
    Sep 3 v Australia at Auckland 34-24
    Nov 12 v Ireland at Dublin 45-7
    Nov 19 v England at London 23-19 (-)

    Jun 10 v Ireland at Hamilton 34-23
    Jun 17 v Ireland at Auckland 27-17
    Jul 8 v Australia at Christchurch 32-12
    Jul 29 v Australia at Brisbane 13-9
    Sep 2 v South Africa at Rustenberg 20-21
    Nov 6 v England at London 41-20

    2 Jun vs France at Auckland 42-11
    16 Jun v Canada at Hamilton 64-13
    23 June v South Africa at Durban 26-21 (-)
    30 June v Australia at Melbourne 15-20
    8 Sept v Italy (RWC) at Marseille 76-14 (+)
    15 Sept v Portugal (RWC) at Lyon 108-13
    30 Sept v Romania (RWC) at Toulouse 85-8

    Below figures correct at beginning of the 2007 rugby calendar:
    Provincial Caps 42
    Provincial Debut 1999 v Counties Manukau
    Super 14 Caps 82
    Super 14 Points 149 (21t, 10c, 2p, 6d)
    Super 14 Debut 2000 v Chiefs