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Greg Somerville

A mainstay of the Canterbury, Crusaders and All Blacks front rows, Greg Somerville has grown into a senior role in the All Blacks environment. A strong scrummager, he has filled both the loosehead and tighthead roles with success. Somerville hit 50 Test caps when he ran on against Argentina in the 2006 Philips International Series, which ranks him third all-time amongst All Blacks props behind Craig Dowd (60, 58 at prop) and Olo Brown (56). A calf injury saw him miss the All Blacks' 2005 end-of-year tour, but it gave him the chance to spend more time with his new daughter Paige. He lists the Mel Gibson classic 'Braveheart' as his favourite movie and says that, if it wasn't for professional rugby, he would have ended up as a farmer. He spent a year in South Africa on a Rotary Scholarship while at school, playing for his college First XV and Border Secondary Schools. Career Notes • Played his 100th match for the Crusaders in the 2006 Rebel Sport Super 14 semifinal win over the Bulls at Christchurch. • Prior to his try against Fiji at North Shore in 2005, he had gone 42 matches without scoring a point, setting an All Blacks record. He has, however, touched down on seven occasions for the Crusaders. • Played his 50th game for Canterbury (and 200th first-class match) in the Ranfurly Shield defence against Auckland in October 2005, to join a select group to have played 50 matches for both Canterbury and the Crusaders.

Position:
Prop
Born:
28/11/1977
Physical:
1.87m, 115kg
Test Debut:
16/06/2000 v Tonga at Albany
Test Points Breakdown:
1t
Test Points:
5
All Blacks Caps:
66
Provincial Team:
Canterbury
Super Rugby Team:
Crusaders

Career Comments

  • Test match Record by Year (+) = substitute; (-) = replaced 2000 Jun 16 v Tonga at Albany 102-0 (-) Jun 24 v Scotland at Dunedin 69-20 (-) Aug 19 v South Africa at Johannesburg 40-46 (+) Nov 11 v France at Paris 39-26 (-) Nov 18 v France at Marseilles 33-42 (-) Nov 25 v Italy at Genova 56-19 (-) 2001 Jun 16 v Samoa at Albany 50-6 (-) Jun 23 v Argentina at Christchurch 67-19 (+) Jun 30 v France at Wellington 37-12 (-) Jul 21 v South Africa at Cape Town 12-3 Aug 11 v Australia at Dunedin 15-23 (-) Aug 25 v South Africa at Auckland 26-15 (-) Sep 1 v Australia at Sydney 26-29 (-) 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 (+) 2002 Jun 15 v Ireland at Dunedin 15-6 Jun 22 v Ireland at Auckland 40-8 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 2003 Jun 14 v England at Wellington 13-15 Jun 28 v France at Christchurch 31-23 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 Oct 11 v Italy at Melbourne 70-7 Oct 24 v Tonga at Brisbane 91-7 (-) 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 2004 Jun 26 v Argentina at Hamilton 41-7 Jul 24 v South Africa at Christchurch 23-21 Aug 7 v Australia at Sydney 18-23 (+) 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 (+) 2005 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 Jul 9 v British & Irish Lions at Auckland 38-19 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 (+) 2006 Jun 24 v Argentina at Buenos Aires 25-19 Jul 8 v Australia at Christchurch 32-12 (+) Jul 22 v South Africa at Wellington 35-17 (+) Jul 29 v Australia at Brisbane 13-9 (+) Aug 19 v Australia at Auckland 34-27 (+) Aug 26 v South Africa at Pretoria 45-26 (-) 2007 15 Sept v Portugal (RWC) at Lyon 108-13 (-) 30 Sept v Romania (RWC) at Toulouse 85-8 2008 14 June v England at Auckland 37-20 21 June v England at Christchurch 44-12 5 July v South Africa at Wellington 19-8 (-) 26 July v Australia at Sydney 19-34 (-) 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 13 Sep v Australia at Brisbane 28-24 (-) 1 Nov v Australia at Hong Kong 19-14 (+) New Zealand Representative Teams New Zealand Under 19 in 1996 New Zealand Under 21 in 1997, 1998 New Zealand A in 1999 All Blacks in 2000–2008 Stats - Below figures correct as at 1 July 2008 Provincial Caps 54 Provincial Points 15 (3t) Provincial Debut 1998 v Waikato Super Rugby Caps 115 Super Rugby Points 45 (9t) Super Rugby Debut 1999 v Chiefs

Test Match record

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