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Reuben Thorne

Canterbury No 6 Reuben Thorne celebrated his return to the All Blacks in 2006 with two victories over the Springboks in the Philips Tri Nations before joining the European Tour in November. Besides valuable experience and leadership, Thorne provides a genuine No 6/lock option equally capable in open play or in a lock's traditional set-piece role. His professional career began in 1997, and he made the All Blacks in 1999. Captain in 2003, Thorne led the All Blacks to a Philips Tri Nations title and two Bledisloe Cup victories against Australia. He has a huge work rate and is often called the “clean-up” man, working in close quarters and making tackle after tackle. Thorne was a late addition to the All Blacks 2004 end-of-year tour party, as cover for the injured Jono Gibbes. He is also an expert lineout jumper and dogged tackler. He is married to teammate Andrew Mehrtens’ sister. Crusaders Leads the all-time Crusaders caps list with 121. Played his 100th match during the 2006 Super 14, against the Reds in Brisbane. Prior to this year, Reuben Thorne had missed just five games for the Crusaders since his debut. He was captain in 2002 when the Crusaders became the only team in Super 14 to win every match. Thorne was never selected for a national age-grade representative side.

Position:
Loose Forward
Born:
02/01/1975
Physical:
1.92m, 107kg
Test Debut:
7/08/1999 v South Africa at Pretoria
Test Points Breakdown:
5t
Test Points:
25
Provincial Team:
Canterbury
Super Rugby Team:
Crusaders

Career Comments

  • Test match Record by Year (+) = substitute; (-) = replaced 1999 7 Aug v South Africa at Pretoria 34-18 (+) 3 Oct v Tonga at Bristol 45-9 9 Oct v England at London 30-16 24 Oct v Scotland at Edinburgh 30-18 31 Oct v France at London 31-43 4 Nov v South Africa at Cardiff 18-22 (-) 2000 16 Jun v Tonga at Albany 102-0 1 Jul v Scotland at Auckland 48-14 5 Aug v Australia at Wellington 23-24 (+) 11 Nov v France at Paris 39-26 18 Nov v France at Marseilles 33-42 (-) 2001 16 Jun v Samoa at Albany 50-6 23 Jun v Argentina at Christchurch 67-19 30 Jun v France at Wellington 37-12 21 Jul v South Africa at Cape Town 12-3 11 Aug v Australia at Dunedin 15-23 17 Nov v Ireland at Dublin 40-29 24 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 37-6 1 Dec v Argentina at Buenos Aires 24-20 2002 8 Jun v Italy at Hamilton 64-10 (Captain) 15 Jun v Ireland at Dunedin 15-6 (Captain) 22 Jun v Ireland at Auckland 40-8 (Captain) 29 Jun v Fiji at Wellington 68-18 (Captain) 13 Jul v Australia at Christchurch 12-6 (Captain) 20 Jul v South Africa at Wellington 41-20 (Captain) 3 Aug v Australia at Sydney 14-16 (Captain) 10 Aug v South Africa at Durban 30-23 (Captain) 2003 14 Jun v England at Wellington 13-15 (Captain) 21 Jun v Wales at Hamilton 55-3 (Captain) 28 Jun v France at Christchurch 31-23 (Captain) 19 Jul v South Africa at Pretoria 52-16 (Captain) 26 Jul v Australia at Sydney 50-21 (Captain) 9 Aug v South Africa at Dunedin 19-11 (Captain) 16 Aug v Australia at Auckland 21-17 (Captain) 11 Oct v Italy at Melbourne 70-7 (Captain) 17 Oct v Canada at Melbourne 68-6 (Captain) 24 Oct v Tonga at Brisbane 91-7 (-) (Captain) 2 Nov v Wales at Sydney 53-37 (Captain) 8 Nov v South Africa at Melbourne 29-9 (Captain) 15 Nov v Australia at Sydney 10-22 (Captain) 20 Nov v France at Sydney 40-13 (Captain) 2004 4 Dec v Barbarians at London 47-19 (-) 2006 Jul 22 v South Africa at Wellington 35-17 Aug 26 v South Africa at Pretoria 45-26 Nov 6 v England at London 41-20 (-) Nov 26 v Wales at Cardiff 45-10 (+) 2007 2 Jun v France at Auckland 42-11 16 Jun v Canada at Hamilton 64-13 14 June v South Africa at Christchurch 33-6 23 Sep v Scotland (RWC) at Edinburgh 40-0 30 Sept v Romania (RWC) at Toulouse 85-8 Below figures correct at beginning of the 2007 rugby calendar: Provincial Caps 71 Provincial Debut 1996 v South Canterbury Super 14 Caps 113 Super 14 Points 25 (5t) Super 14 Debut 1997 v Reds

Test Match record

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