Adam Thomson

Adam Thomson had a brilliant season with the Highlanders in 2011, which led to an All Blacks callup after narrowly missing selection on the Telecom BackingBlack tour in 2010.

A rangy and energetic loose forward, Thomson fits in well to the dynamic patterns set down by the All Blacks. With a left-right combination in the scrum, Adam has been learning the lines of number seven under the tutelage of Richie McCaw – a man he described as “not a bad teacher to have showing you the ropes” in addition to his traditional number 6 role.

Adam has been representing New Zealand almost continuously, in various teams, for the last eight years. Adam has played for New Zealand Secondary Schools, New Zealand Under 19, and New Zealand Under 21. He did a stint with the New Zealand Sevens team, in 2007, before making his All Blacks Debut against the Irish in freezing conditions in Wellington.

Although originally a Cantabrian (he played a bit of schoolboy Rugby with Dan Carter, in the Christchurch Boys High First XV), Adam has been playing for Otago since 2004 and played for the Highlanders in 2006 and 2008. He studied Physical Education at Otago University and is now well settled in the South.

In 2008 Thomson was a constant feature in the side, as the All Blacks set about replacing Jerry Collins, a man who had dominated the blindside position for the test side.  All up Thomson would feature in nine test matches for the national side.

The following year his form in both the Rebel Sport Super 14 and Air New Zealand Cup for the Highlanders and Otago would ensure he would continue to be part of the All Blacks, as he engaged in a fascinating head to head with Jerome Kaino for the number six jumper.

Loose Forward
Test Debut:
v Ireland 07 June 2008
Test Points Breakdown:
Test Points:
Provincial Team:
Provincial Debut:
2004 v Waikato
Provincial Caps:
Provincial Points:
35 (7t)
Super Rugby Team:
Super Rugby Debut:
2006 v Sharks
Super Rugby Caps:

Career Comments

  • • Was Otago’s leading try scorer in 2007 with five.
    • Played in four tournaments for the New Zealand Sevens in 2007.
    • Became the first Highlanders forward in their 13 year history to score tries in three consecutive games in 2008.
    • Has won every game in which he represented New Zealand Under 19, Under 21 and Sevens.

Test Match record

(+) subsitute(-) replaced

7 June v Ireland at Wellington 21-11 (+)
21 June v England at Christchurch 44-12
5 July v South Africa at Wellington 19-8 (-)
12 July v South Africa at Dunedin 28-30
2 Aug v Australia at Auckland 39-10 (+)
17 Aug v South Africa at Capetown 19-0 (+)
3 Sept v Samoa at New Plymouth 101-14
1 Nov v Australia at Hong Kong 19-14 (+)
9 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 32-6 (-)
19 Nov v Munster at Limerick 18-16 (-)

13 June v France at Dunedin 22-27 (-)
12 Sept v South Africa at Hamilton 29-32 (+)
19 Sept v Australia at Wellington 33-6 (-)
31 Oct v Australia at Tokyo 32-19
8 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 19-12 (+)
22 Nov v England at London 19-6 (-)
6 Dec v Barbarians at London 18-25 (+)

19 June v Wales at Dunedin 42-9 (+)
26 Jun v Wales at Hamilton 29-10 (+)

22 July v Fiji at Dunedin 60-14
30 July v South Africa at Wellington 40-7
6 Aug v Australia at Auckland 30-14 (+)
21 Aug v South Africa at Port Elizabeth 5-18
27 Aug v Australia at Brisbane 20-25 (-)
16 Sept v Japan (RWC) at Hamilton 83-7
24 Sep v France (RWC) at Auckland 37-17 (-)

9 June v Ireland at Auckland 42-10 (+)
16 June v Ireland at Christchurch 22-19
23 June v Ireland at Hamilton 60-0 (+)
7 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 32-16 (+)
12 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 51-22