Bruce Reihana

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Bruce Reihana
Bruce Reihana - Northampton Saints vs Sale October 2009.jpg
Full name Trevor Bruce Reihana
Date of birth (1976-04-06) 6 April 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Thames, New Zealand
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 93 kg (14 st 9 lb)[1]
School Te Awamutu College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fullback/Wing/Fly-half
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2002–2011
2011–2014
Northampton
Bordeaux-Bègles
236
48
(1032)
(70)
correct as of 2 October 2010.
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1996–2002 Waikato 81 (385)
correct as of 9 September 2006.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1997–2002 Chiefs 58 (123)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2000 New Zealand
New Zealand Māori
2
11
(10)
correct as of 1 Sep 2006.
Sevens national teams
Years Club / team Comps
1998, 2002 New Zealand
Bruce Reihana
Medal record
Competitor for  New Zealand
Men's Rugby
Commonwealth Games
Gold 1998 Kuala Lumpur Rugby 7's
Gold 2002 Manchester Rugby 7's

Bruce Trevor Reihana (born 6 April 1976) is a former rugby union footballer. He was a utility back, most notably for the majority of his career as Captain of Northampton Saints in the English Premership.

Biography[edit]

Born 6 April 1976 in Thames, New Zealand, Reihana started playing in the National Provincial Championship level with Waikato in 1996 and led them to two Ranfurly Shield victories out of three. He played for the Chiefs in the former Super 12 from 1997 to 2002 with 58 games and 123 points to his name.

Internationally, Reihana represented the New Zealand Sevens in the rugby sevens. He played in the 1998 Commonwealth Games and the 2002 Commonwealth Games, winning gold medals on each occasion. He made 11 appearances for New Zealand Māori. He made his debut for New Zealand against France on 18 November 2000.

After not renewing his contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union in 2002, Reihana managed to get an overseas contact with Premiership side the Northampton Saints. He was used at fullback and became an influential figure for the Saints and even won the 2003–2004 PRA Players' Player of the Year Award.

Reihana was scheduled to return to New Zealand rugby after his stint in Europe,[2] but it did not materialise as he decided to stay in England citing personal reasons.[3] Resuming his career with the Saints, Reihana was promoted to captain after Steve Thompson decided to step down as co-captain.[4]

During a 2006-07 Guinness Premiership match against Gloucester on 23 September 2006, Reihana suffered a knee ligament injury that would sideline him until 2007.[5]

Reihana relinquished the Saints captaincy at the end of the 2008-09 Guinness Premiership, when Dylan Hartley was appointed in his place.

On 2 October 2010 Reihana scored 17 points against the Exeter Chiefs to take him through the milestone of 1,000 points for the Saints.

Bruce left the Northampton Saints at the end of the 2010–11 Aviva Premiership to join the French team, Bordeaux. This was announced over BBC Radio Northampton during the final Aviva Premiership game of the season, against Leeds Carnegie, as Bruce Reihana joined the field.

At the end of the 2013-2014 Season, Reihana retired as a player from professional rugby.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "allblacks.com – Bruce Reihana". web page. All Blacks and NZ Rugby. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Reihana returns to New Zealand". tvnz.co.nz. Retrieved 7 July 2006. 
  3. ^ "Reihana stays a Saint". ercrugby.com. Retrieved 7 July 2006. [dead link]
  4. ^ "New club captain and new shirt for Saints". northamptonsaints.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2006. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Saints lose Reihana until 2007". planetrugby.com. Retrieved 27 September 2006. [dead link]

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