Jerome Kaino

Jerome Kaino is one of the most devastating loose forwards in world rugby, with his tenacious defence and slick ball handling skills earning him many Test caps in an All Blacks jersey.

He is part of what is considered one of the world's premier back row combinations, along with captain Richie McCaw and number eight Kieran Read.

In his first year with the Blues in 2004 he was acknowledged internationally by winning the IRB Under-21 Player of the Year award.

After playing at centre and fullback as a teenager, Kaino has developed into one of New Zealand’s most promising young loose forwards.

He finished the 2007 Rebel Sport Super 14 round-robin as the only New Zealand forward to play every minute.

Kaino played for the Junior All Blacks in 2005 and was again chosen for the side in 2007.

The Auckland and Blues blindside flanker has the athleticism to dominate in open play and the size to cover locking duties. “Lome” missed selection in the 2006 Rebel Sport Super 14 due to a shoulder injury, but recovered in time to play the last four games of the season.

He attended the same high school in Auckland, St Kentigern’s, as flying wing Joe Rokocoko.

In 2008 Kaino, who earned many comparisons with Jerry Collins for his uncompromising physical style, would become a key member of the All Blacks setup and is now the first-choice blindside flanker.

He had a barn-storming 2014 season with his beloved Blues team, following his two seasons offshore playing in Japan, earning a call up to the All Blacks nearly three years after he last played for the team in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

In 2015, Kaino brought up his Super Rugby century.

Loose Forward
1.96m, 105kg
Test Debut:
2006 v Ireland at Hamilton
Test Points Breakdown:
Test Points:
Provincial Team:
Provincial Debut:
2004 v Poverty Bay
Provincial Caps:
Provincial Points:
45 (9t)
Super Rugby Team:
Super Rugby Debut:
2004 v Reds
Super Rugby Caps:

Career Comments

  • • Voted IRB Under 21 Player of the Year in 2004 and was Player of the Tournament at the 2004 IRB Under 21 World Championship and New Zealand Age Grade Player of the Year the same year.

    • One of only three players to play every game for Auckland in the 2004 Air New Zealand NPC.

    • Scored a try in his All Blacks debut against the Barbarians (non Test cap) at Twickenham in December 2004.

    • Started the first two matches of the Junior All Blacks tour to Australia in 2005 before returning to play for Auckland against the British & Irish Lions.

    • Not originally in the Blues’ 2006 Rebel Sport Super 14 squad, he was called back after 2005 All Black Angus Macdonald succumbed to an ACL injury.

Test Match record

(+) subsitute (-) replaced

Jun 10 v Ireland at Hamilton 34-23 (+)
Jun 17 v Ireland at Auckland 27-17 (-)

7 June v Ireland at Wellington 21-11 (-)
14 June v England at Auckland 37-20 (-)
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
23 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 29-9
30 Nov v England at London 32-6 (-)

20 June v France at Wellington 14-10
27 June v Italy at Christchurch 27-6
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 (-)
12 Sept v South Africa at Hamilton 29-32 (-)
8 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 19-12
22 Nov v England at London 19-6 (+)
29 Nov v France at Marseilles 39-12

12 June v Ireland at New Plymouth 66-28 (-)
26 June v Wales at Hamilton 29-10
10 July v South Africa at Auckland 32-12 (-)
17 July v South Africa at Wellington 31-17
31 July v Australia at Melbourne 49-28
7 Aug v Australia at Christchurch 20-10 (-)
22 Aug v South Africa at Johannesburg 29-22 (-)
11 Sept v Australia at Sydney 23-22 (+)
30 Oct v Australia at Hong Kong 24-26
07 Nov v England at London 26-16
21 Nov vs Ireland at Dublin 38-18
28 Nov vs Wales at Cardiff 37-25

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
9 Sept v Tonga (RWC) at Auckland 41-10
16 Sept v Japan (RWC) at Hamilton 83-7
24 Sep v France (RWC) at Auckland 37-17
2 Oct v Canada (RWC) at Wellington 79-15
10 Oct v Argentina (RWC) at Auckland 33-10
16 Oct v Australia (RWC) at Auckland 20-6 (-)
23 Oct v France (RWC final) at Auckland 8-7

7 June v England at Auckland 20-15
14 June v England at Dunedin 28-27
21 Jun vs England at Hamilton 36-13
16 Aug v Australia at Sydney 12-12 (-)
28 Sept v Argentina at La Plata 34-13
5 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 25-27 (-)
8 Nov v England at London 24-21 (-)
22 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 34-16 (-)

8 July v Samoa at Apia 15-16 (-)
17 July v Argentina at Christchurch 39-18 (-)