Greg Rawlinson will play for the Junior All Blacks for the first time in the Pacific Nations Cup in 2007. After first arriving in New Zealand in 2002, the South African-born grafter was a stand-out for North Harbour during the 2005 Air New Zealand Cup. A lock from the traditional mould, Rawlinson is a fine lineout forward and strong scrummager, and generally provides an abrasive, physical presence around the field. Now a well established player for the Blues, Rawlinson also has the title of “All Black” to go alongside his name. Selected for the All Blacks after impressing for the Blues in 2006,“Dolf” is the sort of player who does not shirk any of the less glamorous work tight forwards are expected to do. Career Notes • With his test debut in 2006 he became the second African-born All Black, after long-time first five-eighths Andrew Mehrtens. Both were born in Durban. • In addition to his 25 matches for the Blues between 2004–06, also played one match for the Natal-based Sharks in 2003. • Named North Harbour Player of the Year for 2005 after playing in all 12 of North Harbour’s matches in 2005. • Selected as North Harbour’s Air New Zealand NPC MVP by New Zealand rugby writers and judged the overall winner of the Division One MVP award. • Played in 13 matches for Bay of Plenty in 2002.
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All Blacks Match Record by Year (+) = substitute; (-) = replaced 2006 Jun 10 v Ireland at Hamilton 34-23 (-) Jun 17 v Ireland at Auckland 27-17 (+) Aug 26 v South Africa at Pretoria 45-26 (-) 2007 23 June v South Africa at Durban 26-21 (-) Below figures correct at beginning of the 2007 rugby calendar: Provincial Caps 46 Provincial Points 5 (1t) Provincial Debut 2002 v Nth Harbour (Bay of Plenty) Super 14 Caps 26 Super 14 Points 0 Super 14 Debut 2003 v Highlanders (Sharks)