Jeff Wilson (sportsman)

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Jeff Wilson
Full name Jeffrey William Wilson
Date of birth (1973-10-24) 24 October 1973 (age 40)
Place of birth Invercargill, New Zealand
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 94 kg (14 st 11 lb)
School Invercargill High School
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing; Fullback
New Zealand No. 935
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1993–2002
1992
Otago
Southland
56
7
(410)
(20)
correct as of 10 May 2010.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1996–2002 Highlanders 72 (175)
correct as of 28 January 2007.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1993–2002 New Zealand 60 (234)
correct as of 28 January 2007.

Jeffrey "Goldie" William Wilson MNZM (born 24 October 1973) is a New Zealand sportsman who has represented his country in both rugby union and cricket — a so-called "Double All Black", an increasingly rare achievement in the professional era. He is also a talented basketballer, and won national secondary school titles in track and field. With 44 tries in 60 tests, Wilson is currently the 11th-highest try scorer in Rugby Union history. Wilson is married to Adine Wilson (née Harper), former captain of the New Zealand netball team.

Rugby career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Wilson attended Cargill High School, where in one rugby game against James Hargest College he scored nine tries and a total of 66 points in a game with a final score of 102-6.[1] He played for the national secondary schools side against Australia in 1992.

All Blacks rugby[edit]

Wilson was first selected for the All Blacks tour to Britain in 1993, making his debut as an All Black against London and SE Division on 23 October 1993 and his test debut against Scotland on 20 November 1993, scoring three tries in that game.

He appeared 71 times for the All Blacks, including 60 tests and played in 1995 and 1999 Rugby World Cup, in the positions of wing and fullback. In Test matches he scored a total of 234 points: 44 tries, 1 conversion, 3 penalty goals, and 1 drop goal.

Wilson announced his retirement at the end of the 2000 Super 12 season, but made a comeback in 2001, playing another 6 Test matches before finally retiring in 2002 at the relatively young age of 28. Wilson stated he would have stayed on had John Hart continued to coach the All Blacks.[citation needed]

Up until 2002, he held the All Blacks try scoring record, with 44 tries from his 60 Test matches. This was later overtaken by fullback Christian Cullen and then Doug Howlett.

In 2003, Wilson was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rugby in the annual New Zealand Honours List.[2]

Domestic rugby[edit]

Wilson played Super 12 rugby for the Highlanders and NPC rugby for Otago and Southland. He made his Southland debut in 1992, his Otago debut in 1993 and his Highlanders debut in 1996, with whom he remained for his entire career. Wilson made 56 appearances for Otago and 72 for the Highlanders.[citation needed]

Jeff Wilson
Personal information
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Career statistics
Competition ODI 1st class T20I
Matches 6 39 1
Runs scored 103 1245 18
Batting average 20.60 21.84 18.00
100s/50s 0/0 0/6 0/0
Top score 44* 78 18
Balls bowled 242 7174 24
Wickets 4 129 0
Bowling average 65.00 24.13 N/A
5 wickets in innings 0 7 0
10 wickets in match n/a 0 N/A
Best bowling 2/21 5-34 0-43
Catches/stumpings 4/- 29/0 0/0
Source: Cricinfo, 20 April 2007

Cricket career[edit]

Wilson played his provincial cricket for Otago, as an all-rounder - both a hard-hitting batsman and a right-arm fast-medium pace bowler. His international appearances were in four games of a One Day Internationals (ODI) series against Australia in the 1992-93 season, and again in an ODI series in 2005. The arrival of the Super 12 rugby competition - which overlaps the cricket season by more than six weeks - forced him to decide early on which international career to pursue, truncating his cricket career.

After his retirement from rugby, Wilson resumed playing cricket at the provincial level and then on 12 January 2005, was again selected for the Black Caps to play a series of one day matches against a World XI in January. Selected later in the season, his form fell away and his last ODI was played against Australia in Wellington on 1 March 2005. Wilson retired from cricket at the end of the 2005 season due to persistent injury.

Although his career statistics are not particularly impressive (103 runs at an average of 20.60 and a strike rate of 92 for batting, and 4 wickets at an economy rate of 6.44 runs per over in bowling), he played a crucial role for the team in a couple of the games.

Post-retirement[edit]

After retirement Wilson spent the next few months breeding horses on a farm in Canterbury. In May 2006 he accepted a position with the Otago Rugby Football Union to promote rugby within the Otago-Southland region in a development role. Rugby officials stated that "it's a brand new position, essentially it's going to be talent identification, a lot of mentoring and coaching one-on-one stuff." Wilson has since progressed to take on the role of Director of Rugby with the Otago Rugby Football Union, dealing with all aspects of the professional game.

Wilson was the assistant coach of the North Harbour team in the ITM Cup between 2009 and 2012.[3] In 2011 it was announced he would join the Auckland Blues as a skills coach for the 2012 season.

In 2013 he became a Sport Radio Breakfast Host with Ian Smith and Nathan Rarere on LiveSPORT Radios Breakfast of Champions. In September 7, 2013, according to the live pregame commentary between All Blacks vs. Argentina, Jeff Wilson was signed by Sky Sports to commentate full-time for both rugby and cricket.

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