Jason Eaton

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Jason Eaton
Full name Jason John Eaton
Date of birth (1982-08-21) 21 August 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth Palmerston North, New Zealand
Height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight 115 kg (18 st 2 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2013– NTT Shining Arcs 0 (0)
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2002–03
2005–13
Manawatu
Taranaki
25
51
(15)
(35)
correct as of 6 November 2012.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006–13 Hurricanes 88 (50)
correct as of 31 May 2013.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2005–09 New Zealand 15 (5)
correct as of 6 November 2012.

Jason John Eaton (born 21 August 1982 in Palmerston North, New Zealand) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He plays as a lock.

Early life[edit]

Though born in Palmerston North he grew up on a dairy farm near the small community of Colyton.

Career[edit]

Eaton made his provincial debut for Manawatu in 2002, before transferring to Taranaki in 2004. He currently plays for the Hurricanes in Super Rugby and for Taranaki in the National Provincial Championship.

Eaton attended Feilding Intermediate and Palmerston North Boys' High School. He plays for Stratford in the Taranaki premier competition. He was picked out of obscurity by Graham Henry to tour with the All Blacks on their successful Grand Slam Tour of November 2005. At the time, Eaton had not played professional super series rugby. He made his All Black debut aged 23, versus Ireland on that tour. He has currently played in 9 tests.

Currently Eaton plays for the Hurricanes in Super Rugby where as of 12 April 2013 he has scored 50 points (10 tries) and played in 77 games. Eaton had an explosive start with the Hurricanes; scoring a pair of tries against the Western Force in his first match for the Hurricanes at Taranaki’s home ground in New Plymouth.

Eaton has played 15 test matches for the All Blacks between 2005 and 2009. He made his debut against Ireland on November 12, 2005 and scored a try against the Wallabies in 2006.

Before his break, Eaton played 25 games for Division Two NPC side Manawatu in 2002–03, scoring three tries.

On 21 November 2006 Jason Eaton won the International Rugby Players' Association's (IRPA) international newcomer of the year award. This award is voted on by all international players, with players not allowed to vote for members of their own team.

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