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Rodney So'oialo

Rodney So’oialo is a blockbusting No 8 with the size, speed and skill to play anywhere in the back row.

While all of his 2006 starting appearances came at No 8, he started one match in 2005, the third Test against the British & Irish Lions, in the No 7 jersey. Renowned for his exceptional fitness, So’oialo was one of just five players to play in 11 or more of the All Blacks 13 matches during the 2006 Test season.

Blessed with the athleticism to thrive in the All Blacks free-running environment, So’oialo can still be relied on to deliver some hard-nosed defence and surging bursts off the back of the scrum. He captained the Hurricanes through their successful 2006 Rebel Sport Super 14 season and played in every match.

Position:
Loose Forward
Born:
03/10/1979
Physical:
1.90m, 107kg
Test Debut:
23/11/2002 v Wales at Cardiff
Test Points Breakdown:
6t
Test Points:
30
All Blacks Caps:
62
Provincial Team:
Wellington
Provincial Debut:
2000 v Taranaki
Provincial Caps:
52
Provincial Points:
55 (11t)
Super Rugby Team:
Hurricanes
Super Rugby Debut:
2001 v Reds
Super Rugby Caps:
76

Career Comments

  • • Captained Wellington in the later stages of the 2005 Air New Zealand NPC and in 2004.
    • Was in the New Zealand Sevens team that won the Commonwealth Games gold medal at Manchester in 2002.
    • Has represented New Zealand at six international Sevens tournaments, of which five were won, including the 2001 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Argentina.
    • Scored three tries for the victorious New Zealand Under 21 team at the International Under 21 Tournament in 2000.
    • Played at fullback for Wellington Secondary Schools as a fifth-former before moving into the forward pack the following year and on to continued Wellington age-grade representation.
    • His brother Stephen plays halfback for Samoa at XVs and Sevens.

Test Match record

(+) subsitute (-) replaced

(+) = substitute; (-) = replaced

2002
Nov 23 v Wales at Cardiff 43-17

2003
Jun 14 v England at Wellington 13-15 (-)
Jul 19 v South Africa at Pretoria 52-16 (+)
Oct 11 v Italy at Melbourne 70-7 (+)
Oct 17 v Canada at Melbourne 68-6 (-)
Oct 24 v Tonga at Brisbane 91-7
Nov 2 v Wales at Sydney 53-37 (+)
Nov 20 v Wales at Cardiff 26-25
Nov 27 v France at Paris 45-6

2004
20 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 26-25
27 Nov 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
Nov 5 v Wales at Cardiff 41-3
Nov 12 v Ireland at Dublin 45-7 (+)
Nov 19 v England at London 23-19 (-)

2006
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 22 v South Africa at Wellington 35-17
Jul 29 v Australia at Brisbane 13-9
Aug 19 v Australia at Auckland 34-27 (-)
Sep 2 v South Africa at Rustenberg 20-21
Nov 6 v England at London 41-20 (+)
Nov 12 v France at Lyon 47-3
Nov 19 v France at Paris 23-11 (-)
Nov 26 v Wales at Cardiff 45-10

2007
2 Jun vs France at Auckland 42-11 (+)
9 Jun v France at Wellington 61-10
23 June v South Africa at Durban 26-21
30 June v Australia at Melbourne 15-20 (-)
14 June v South Africa at Christchurch 33-6 (-)
21 June v Australia at Auckland 26-12
8 Sept v Italy (RWC) at Marseille 76-14
15 Sept v Portugal (RWC) at Lyon 108-13 (+)
23 Sep v Scotland (RWC) at Edinburgh 40-0
7 Sept v France (RWC) at Cardiff 18-20

2008
7 June v Ireland at Wellington 21-11
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
12 July v South Africa at Dunedin 28-30
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 Sept v Australia at Brisbane 28-24
1 Nov v Australia at Hong Kong 19-14
16 Nov v Ireland at Dublin 22-3 (-)
30 Nov v England at London 32-6

2009
18 July v Australia at Auckland 22-16 (-)
26 July v South Africa at Bloemfontain 19-28 (-)
2 Aug v South Africa at Durban 19-31
22 Aug v Australia at Sydney 19-18 (+)
19 Sept v Australia at Wellington 33-6 (+)
31 Oct v Australia at Tokyo 32-19 (-)
15 Nov v Italy at Milan 20-6
6 Dec v Barbarians at London 18-25