Grayson Hart

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Grayson Hart
Full name Grayson J. Hart
Date of birth (1988-06-19) 19 June 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Kaitaia, New Zealand
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 95 kg (14 st 13 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Scrum-half
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2011-13
2013–
Southern Districts
Edinburgh
35
16
(40)
(15)
correct as of 25 October 2014.
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2007–09
2010
Auckland
North Harbour
25
6
(10)
(0)
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2008–10
2012–13
Blues
Waratahs
7
2
(0)
(0)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2008
2014
2014-
New Zealand U20
Scotland A
Scotland
5
1
3
(5)
(0)
(0)
correct as of 25 October 2014.

Grayson Hart (born 19 June 1988 in Kaitaia, New Zealand) is a professional rugby union player for Scotland and Edinburgh Rugby in the RaboDirect Pro12 competition. His usual position is Scrum-half and he previously played for the Blues and the NSW Waratahs in the Super Rugby competition.

Early Years[edit]

Hart grew up in the Auckland suburb of Mt Roskill where he excelled in many sports while attending Dilworth School. He then moved to Mt Roskill Grammar School for the last two years of secondary school. He was a member of Auckland representative rugby sides from under 14 through to under 16.

Playing career[edit]

Known as a quick and skilled scrum-half with a great pass who isn't shy when it comes to the physical aspects of the game, Grayson Hart has played Super Rugby for the Blues and NSW Waratahs as well as NPC Rugby for Auckland and North Harbour. He is currently a member of Edinburgh Rugby and Scotland A.

2007[edit]

Grayson made his debut for Auckland in the 2007 Air New Zealand Cup as a 19-year-old and made 13 appearances for a team that went undefeated during the season, won the Air New Zealand Cup and reclaimed the Ranfurly Shield from Canterbury.

2008[edit]

Hart was a key member of the New Zealand Under 20 team[1] which won the inaugural IRB Junior World Championship in 2008 in Wales, scoring a try against Ireland in the process. At the end of 2008 he played in an All Blacks practice match against the New Zealand Barbarians side.[2] He would again suit up for Auckland in the Air New Zealand Cup where he shared time at scrum-half with Taniela Moa.

2009[edit]

Hart made his Super Rugby debut for the Blues against the Bulls in Round 2 of 2009, he then went on to play 7 Super 14 matches that season.[3] At 20 years old, he is the youngest scrum-half ever to play for the Blues at Super Rugby level. Again played for Auckland at ITM Cup level.

2010[edit]

He was again part of the Blues Wider Training Group but with the signing of more experienced players at the scrum-half position Grayson did not play in any Super Rugby matches. Hart spent the 2010 season on loan to North Harbour for the ITM Cup.

2011[edit]

With opportunities in New Zealand limited, Hart set off to Australia where he signed with Southern Districts Rugby Club in Sydney's Shute Shield competition and was immediately signed to the NSW Waratahs academy. He impressed the NSW coaching staff with his play for Souths and signed on for the 2012 Super Rugby season.[4]

2012[edit]

In 2012 Hart trained with the Waratahs, as a member of the Extended Playing Group. He also played for Southern Districts in the Shute Shield, where his form at scrum-half helped convince Waratahs selectors him to partner with flyhalf with Bernard Foley.[5] Hart made his debut for the Waratahs in the starting lineup in Round 20 against the Brumbies.[6] Waratahs wing Drew Mitchell wrote a glowing column in the Herald Sun about Grayson's contribution.[7] Following this performance[8] Hart was retained as the starter for the Waratahs in the team's final game of the season against the playoff bound Reds. Hart held his own[9] in the face of world class competition, in the form of scrum-half Will Genia.

Grayson remained a member of the Waratahs squad in 2013.[10]

2013[edit]

After another season at the Tahs, Hart moved to Edinburgh,[11] in the RaboDirect Pro12 tournament along with team mate Oliver Atkins. He made his debut for Edinburgh in a RaboPro12 game against Ulster at Ravenhill on November 22, coming on as a substitute and scoring a try in the process.[12] Hart was rewarded with his first start for Edinburgh in a Heineken Cup match against Gloucester at Kingsholm Stadium and was at the forefront of a gallant Edinburgh effort, he played 80 minutes and led the team around the park remarkably for an upset win which revived their European campaign.[13]

International career[edit]

New Zealand Under 20[edit]

Hart played for the NZ Under 20 side in the 2008 IRB Junior World Championship where he kept current All Blacks scrum-half Aaron Smith on the bench throughout the tournament.[14] Also part of the 2008 World Champion NZ Under 20 side were current All Blacks, Zac Guildford, Sam Whitelock as well as Wallabies flyhalf Mike Harris.

Scotland[edit]

He is eligible to play internationally for Scotland through his maternal Grandmother who was born in Glasgow.[15]

On the back of some strong club form Grayson Hart was selected for Scotland A to face England Saxons in January 2014.[16]

Grayson Hart made his test debut for Scotland after coming on as a substitute in a win over Canada on June 14 at BMO Field in Toronto.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://allblacks.com/index.cfm?layout=nzTeamPlayerProfile&playerID=1854
  2. ^ http://www.theblues.co.nz/News/2008-10-23/Barbarians-Give-All-Blacks-Tough-Workout.aspx
  3. ^ Fiji Times Online. Rugby.fijitimes.com. Retrieved on 17 August 2011.
  4. ^ http://www.nswrugby.com.au/NSWRugby/News/NewsArticle/tabid/374/ArticleID/4621/Default.aspx
  5. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-union/union-news/hart-attack-waratahs-select-rookie-halfback-20120703-21e42.html
  6. ^ http://www.news.com.au/sport/rugby-gold/tahs-shock-hart-starter/story-fndpu1x3-1226414985527
  7. ^ http://www.news.com.au/sport/rugby-gold/grayson-hart-has-earned-his-shot-at-super-rugby-with-the-waratahs/story-fndptels-1226419366572
  8. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-union/union-news/hart-in-right-place-but-little-else-is-for-waratahs-20120708-21pju.html
  9. ^ http://www.waratahs.com.au/Waratahs/Team/SuperRugbySquad/PlayerPage/tabid/182/playerid/28/Default.aspx
  10. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-union/union-news/battle-of-the-halfbacks-as-waratahs-sign-lucas-20120709-21rrz.html
  11. ^ http://www.rabodirectpro12.com/news/12602.php#.UgRCTZLWVic
  12. ^ http://www.scotsman.com/sport/rugby/latest/ulster-41-17-edinburgh-solomons-side-crushed-1-3199424
  13. ^ http://www.scottishrugbyblog.co.uk/2013/12/gloucester-10-16-edinburgh/
  14. ^ http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/super-rugby/7214302/Kiwi-Grayson-Hart-gets-Waratahs-No-9-start
  15. ^ http://www.scotsman.com/sport/chris_cusiter_points_talented_kiwi_scrum_half_in_direction_of_scotland_1_1668097
  16. ^ http://www.scottishrugby.org/news/14/01/21/munro-lead-scotland#.Ut7KvfSBqIV
  17. ^ http://www.scotsman.com/sport/rugby/latest/canada-17-19-scotland-two-wins-but-unconvincing-1-3444514

External links[edit]

  • New Zealand Under 20 profile: [1]
  • Waratahs profile: [2]