Adam Thomson (rugby union)

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Adam Thomson
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Full name Adam Thomson
Date of birth (1982-03-13) 13 March 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Christchurch, New Zealand
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 112 kg (17 st 9 lb)
School Christchurch Boys' High School
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Flanker
New Zealand No. 1073
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2013– Canon Eagles 12 (10)
correct as of 7 July 2014.
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2004–12 Otago 50 (55)
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006–12 Highlanders 68 (105)
correct as of 29 July 2012.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2008– New Zealand 29 (30)
correct as of 12 November 2012.

Adam Thomson (born 13 March 1982) is a New Zealand Rugby union player who plays provincial rugby for Otago, and plays for the Highlanders Super Rugby team. He plays mainly in the number 6 Jersey on the blind side of the scrum. He has been selected for the 2008 All Blacks to play England and Ireland, and made his All Blacks debut against Ireland as a replacement for Rodney So'oialo on 7 June 2008. He is known by fans as the "wooly mammoth" due to his size and hair. He is also known as "Blond Cena" due to his interest in wrestling and his celebration of "You can't see me", a signature taunt/gimmick by John Cena. Thomson is yet to re-sign with the NZRU and Highlanders and it is widely expected he will be moving overseas. He was not included in the Highlanders initial squad or wider training squad.


Thomson made his debut for Otago on 17 September 2004 when he started against Waikato. Thomson played four matches in 2004, and started in all of them. Although Thomson did not get the feeling of winning for Otago, he came close when they narrowly lost to Auckland 35–33. The 2005 season with Otago was better in ways for Thomson, playing in five matches, but only starting once. He did enjoy some wins though, one of which came against Wellington. 2006 saw Thomson move to number 8 where he played five matches and enjoyed more wins, like the 56–21 win over North Harbour (Thomson scored one try). Thomson scored another try in 2006 against Southland. In 2007 Thomson moved back to flanker and played nine matches(started all 9), and scored three tries in a season that saw Otago only just winning matches, and going down heavily to the likes of Wellington 68–7 and Canterbury 44–6.


Thomson played in three Super 14 matches for the Highlanders in 2006, playing all three from the bench. He was not selected for the Highlanders in 2007 despite having a good season with Otago in the Air New Zealand Cup. Thomson was recalled in 2008, where he played in twelve matches. At the start of the season he was just a substitute, but he played so well that midway through the Super 14 he was their top choice flanker. Thomson scored five tries in the 2008 Super 14, one came in the triumph over the Crusaders.

All Blacks[edit]

Thomson was selected for the Iveco test series in June 2008. He made his debut off the bench against Ireland when he replaced Rodney So'oialo. He then started in the second test against England. He played for the All Blacks during these tests thus selected in the Tri-Nations squad. He has also started the 2009 All Black season at openside flanker filling in for incumbent captain Richie McCaw, before breaking his thumb 30minutes into the game. Thomson was side-lined for the better half of the season before making his comeback against Australia in the final Tri-Nations match, playing at blindside flanker. He was the fastest player over 40m in the All Blacks squad of 2009.

New Zealand Rep Teams[edit]

  • New Zealand Secondary Schools: Thomson played for New Zealand Secondary Schools in 2000
  • New Zealand Under 19: Thomson played for New Zealand Under 19 in 2001
  • New Zealand Under 21: Thomson played for New Zealand Under 21 in 2003
  • New Zealand Sevens  : Thomson played for New Zealand Sevens in 2007