HOME in the deep south with the Highlanders seems to suit the rugged farmer from Maniototo, who is enjoying some of the best form of his career, especially in the lineouts, which are one of his traditional strengths.
Extremely competitive and not one to take a step back from a contest, Hore’s experience as a Super Rugby centurion and provincial player since 1998, and member of the All Blacks leadership group makes him a valuable addition to the All Blacks.
Hore is renowned as an old-school All Black from a farming background who made his name as a hard-running, no-nonsense front-rower with an eye for the chalk.
The former Hurricanes captain made a welcome return to the All Blacks on the end of year Tour following an injury-disrupted 2010 season, increasing the experience and strength of the All Blacks front row.
With 100 Investec Super Rugby caps and a half century of test appearances, Hore was named in the 2011 All Blacks squad.
In 2006, he hit the headlines with a hat-trick of tries in the Hurricanes’ win over the Chiefs, the first ever by a hooker in Super Rugby history.
Andrew Hore is set to play his play his 100th Super Rugby game and also reach a century of appearances for the Hurricanes in 2011.
Hore’s rugby career developed in the harsh surrounds of the Maniototo in Central Otago and, although he moved north to Taranaki in 2001, he still enjoys a certain cult status in the Maniototo area and farms there.
9/11/2002 v England at London
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• Played his 50th Test for the All Blacks against Scotland on the end of year Telecom BackingBlack Grand Slam Tour.
• Is the Hurricanes’ all-time leading forwards try-scorer with 18 tries at the start of the 2011 season.
• In 2008 he won both the Rebel Sport Super 14 Player of the Year and the Kelvin R. Tremain Memorial New Zealand Player of the Year award at the Steinlager Rugby Awards.
• Played in all three matches on the Junior All Blacks tour to Australia in 2005, starting in the tour opener against Queensland and the second international against Australia A.
• His six tries in the 2004 Rebel Sport Super 12, repeated in the 2006 Super 14, equal the most by a hooker in any year in this competition.
• He played in every match for Taranaki in 2001, and was their leading try-scorer with five. Has scored more points and more tries in the Taranaki jersey than any other current player.
• A log jam of top hookers in Otago saw him play for the Crusaders in the Super 12 and then transfer to Taranaki for the 2001 Air New Zealand NPC season and earn selection for the Hurricanes.
• His brother Charles has represented Otago, Canterbury and Southland at first five-eighth.