- For the novel Adam Blair see John Gibson Lockhart
|Blair at the 2009 Four Nations|
|Full name||Adam Ngawati Blair|
23 March 1986 |
Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
|Height||190 cm (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||114 kg (17 st 13 lb)|
|Position||Prop, Second-row, Lock|
|2010||NRL All Stars||1||0||0||0||0|
|As of 6 July 2014|
|Source: Rugby League Project League Central|
Adam Blair (born 23 March 1986 in Whangarei, Northland) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer currently contracted to the Wests Tigers of the National Rugby League. A New Zealand international representative forward, Blair spent six seasons with the Storm, winning the 2009 NRL Grand Final with them. He also played for them in the 2006 NRL Grand Final and was a member of the New Zealand Kiwis side that won the 2008 World Cup.
Of Māori heritage, Blair was born in Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand. He was recruited by the Melbourne Storm as a 16-year-old while attending Whangarei Boys High School. Blair was a Junior Kiwi in 2002 and 2003. He also played for the Storm's feeder team, Norths Devils in the Queensland Cup. Upon moving to Australia, he attended Wavell State High School in Queensland.
Professional playing career
After debuting in the 2006 NRL season, he was selected to play from the interchange bench in the 2006 NRL Grand Final which Melbourne lost to Brisbane. He was also named the Storm's rookie of the year.
On 14 October 2006 Blair made his test debut against Australia at Mt Smart Stadium in the 2006 Tri-Nations. In August 2008, Blair was named in the New Zealand squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. Blair scored his first-ever NRL try against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in the Storm's grand final-qualifying final win of 2008. During the 2008 Rugby League World Cup He was named man-of-the-match in New Zealand's win against Papua New Guinea in the pool stage. Blair scored the last try in the Kiwis' World Cup final victory over the Kangaroos.
For his first game of 2009, he was judged KFC's 'man of the match'.
He played in the 2009 NRL Grand Final against the Parramatta Eels, scoring the second try, set up by Cooper Cronk. He also set up a try for Billy Slater. Blair was also named in the Kiwis team to play in the 2009 Four Nations against England, Australia and France and was the Kiwis' vice-captain. As vice captain he was an automatic selection for the 2010 NRL All-Stars game. For the 2010 Anzac Test, Blair was selected to play for New Zealand at loose forward in their loss against Australia.
Blair's last game for the Storm was the infamous 'Brookvale Brawl' match which saw him suspended for the 2011 NRL season's finals series, during which Melbourne were knocked out by eventual grand finalists, the New Zealand Warriors.
Blair was signed by the Wests Tigers on a four-year deal beginning in 2012, reportedly receiving A$500,000 a year. Blair played in 23 games for the season, missing one game through suspension. However, with an average of 3 missed tackles a game and low yardage achieved with the ball, Blair was described as one of, "the biggest flops of 2012." Despite the criticism, coach Mick Potter praised his communication and leadership skills during the off-season.
In 2013, Blair was the only Wests Tigers player to play in every game. However, by round ten his poor form saw the Daily Telegraph asking, "Is Wests Tigers' Adam Blair the NRL's worst signing ever?" From the next game he was moved into the front row, where he stayed for the rest of the season. Blair said, "Everyone knows what I can bring and how I can play. I'm just not doing that enough for the team at the moment and for the people that want to see me do better for the team."
A "strong start" to 2014 saw Blair selected for New Zealand in the 2014 ANZAC Test. He was the Wests Tigers' second best performer for hit-ups and tackles made for the season, and again appeared in every game.
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