Isaac Boss

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Isaac Boss
Full name Isaac Boss
Date of birth (1980-04-09) 9 April 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Tokoroa, New Zealand
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 13 st 12 lb (88 kg)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Scrum-half, fullback
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1999–05 Waikato
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2001–04
2005–05
2005–10
2010–present
Chiefs
Hurricanes
Ulster Ulster
Leinster Leinster
17
11
85
97
(15) 3t
(5) 1t
(60) 12t
(50) 10t
correct as of 19 May 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1999
2004–present
2006–present
New Zealand New Zealand U-19s
Ireland Wolfhounds
 Ireland

12
19

(10) 2t
(15) 3t
correct as of 9 February 2014.

Isaac Boss (born 9 April 1980 in Tokoroa, New Zealand) is a New Zealand–born Irish rugby union footballer. His grandmother was born in Glenarm, County Antrim, thereby qualifying him to play for Ireland.[1] He plays scrum-half or fullback for Leinster and the Ireland national team. He weighs 90 kg and is 1.78 m tall.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

He was part of the U19 New Zealand Rugby World Cup team in 1999 although his Irish ancestry means that he is qualified to play rugby for Ireland. He played in New Zealand for the Hautapu Rugby Club in Cambridge and for the Waikato in the National Provincial Championship. He also played for the Hurricanes and the Chiefs in the Super 12, where he was halfback for the Chiefs before the arrival of All Black Byron Kelleher. He made three substitute appearances for Ireland on the 2006 Southern Hemisphere Tour and started against Australia in the Autumn internationals.

He scored his debut try (coming on as a replacement player at the position of scrum-half for Peter Stringer) in Ireland's 24 February 2007 victory over England.

After 5 years of successful rugby for Ulster, where he came into the public eye through his attacking style of game, Boss signed for Leinster to commence from the start of the 2010–11 campaign.

He returned to his native New Zealand as part of the Ireland squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, scoring a try in Ireland's one-sided win over Russia. Ireland were eliminated in the quarter finals by Wales, and Boss made just one appearance.

Ulster Rugby[edit]

Boss joined Ulster rugby on hope of playing matches regular. He did fantastically and was a key part of the 2005/06 pro 12 winners team. He played 16 matches for Ulster in 2005/06 scoring 3 tries. The next season he played 16 matches scoring 2 tries. He played 15 matches in 2007/08 scoring 3 tries. He scored 3 more tries for Ulster in the next two seasons. Part of the U19 New Zealand Rugby World Cup team in 1999, Isaac's Irish ancestry means that he is qualified to play rugby for Ireland through his maternal grandmother who was from Glenarm Co. Antrim. He made his full international debut for Ireland on their summer tour to New Zealand in June 2006.

A hugely popular player throughout his time at Ravenhill, Isaac, who had amassed over 100 Ulster caps, transferred to Leinster ahead of the start of the 2010–11 season.

Leinster Rugby[edit]

He signed for Leinster Rugby on a four-year deal and had a good first season playing 20 matches scoring 3 tries. In 2011/12 he played 15 matches scoring 2 tries. He was ruled out of the 2012 Ireland summer tour to New Zealand after missing the Six Nations. Scrum-half Isaac Boss joined Ulster Rugby at the beginning of the 2005–06 season, from his native New Zealand where he played for both Waikato (NPC) and the Wellington Hurricanes (Super 12). Scrum-half Isaac Boss joined Leinster on a two-year deal in June 2010 from Ulster.

Boss arrived in Ireland at the beginning of the 2005/06 season from his native New Zealand where he played for both Waikato (NPC) and the Wellington Hurricanes (Super 12). Part of the Under-19 New Zealand Rugby World Cup team in 1999, Isaac's Irish ancestry means that he is qualified to play rugby for Ireland through his maternal grandmother.

He made his full international debut for Ireland on their summer tour to New Zealand in June 2006.

Isaac was selected for the Irish senior squad for the 2006/07 Autumn Internationals against South Africa and Australia, based on his performances he was included in that seasons Six Nations squad. During one of his most memorable performances, Isaac scored an historic try against England in the famous Croke Park victory in February 2007.

To date Isaac has 15 Ireland caps and 13 Ireland Wolfhounds caps, 3 of which he gained in the 2010 Churchill Cup. Isaac captained the Ireland ‘A’ side in their opening game against Canada, going on to play in all three games and ultimately win the Cup for the first time. In all he made 108 appearances for Ulster, scoring 14 tries.

Ireland Rugby[edit]

Boss's consistency with Ulster in his debut season, the 2005/06 campaign, saw him rewarded with a first Ireland call-up.

A scrum half heavy on commitment and skill, he made his Ulster debut against Connacht in October 2005 before quickly becoming first choice.

Boss was an ever present for Ulster since joining the province and has won caps at Ireland and Wolfhound levels in the intervening period.

He made the move to Leinster at the start of the 2010/2011 season and has been vying with Eoin Reddan for regular starts with the Province.

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