Jerome Kaino

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Jerome Kaino
Jerome Kaino 2011 (cropped).jpg
Full name Jerome Kaino
Date of birth (1983-04-06) 6 April 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Faga'alu, Tutuila, American Samoa[1]
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 113 kg (249 lb)
School Papakura High School
St Kentigern College[2]
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Flanker, No. 8
New Zealand No. 1050
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Auckland University
correct as of 1 Sep 2006.
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2012–14 Toyota Verblitz 11 (5)
correct as of 4 November 2013.
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
North Harbour
49 (35) 7t
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2004–12, 2014– Blues 95 (25)
correct as of 13 July 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006– New Zealand 51 (45)
correct as of 22 June 2014.

Jerome Kaino (born 6 April 1983) is a American Samoan-born New Zealand professional Rugby union player. He played for the Blues in Super Rugby and All Blacks internationally. In 2004, he was named IRB International Under-21 player of the year. In 2011, he played in every match of the Rugby World Cup as part of the All Blacks, being part of the first All Blacks team to win the Rugby World Cup since 1987. Kaino is also the second American national (through birth) to play for the All Blacks (the first being Frank Solomon).

Early life[edit]

Kaino was born in Faga'alu on the island of Tutuila, American Samoa. He is the third of six children. At the age of 4, he and his family moved from their home village of Leone to Auckland, New Zealand in 1987. After settling in Auckland, he played junior rugby league for the Papakura Sea Eagles before switching to rugby union in secondary school at Papakura High School and Saint Kentigern College.[1] If Kaino had not come to New Zealand following the lead of his uncle, his family reckons he would have ended up in the US Army.

Auckland and Blues career[edit]

Kaino made his Auckland debut in 2004 and his Blues debut in 2006. In 2012 it was announced that Kaino would be leaving the Blues for Japanese club Toyota Verblitz on a two-year deal.[3]

On 4 October 2013, Kaino announced he had resigned with New Zealand Rugby Union, North Harbour and Auckland Blues on a two year contract.[4] He was expected to return to New Zealand in February[5] in time for the beginning of the 2014 Super Rugby season.

International career[edit]

His first All Blacks game was the uncapped appearance against the Barbarians at Twickenham where he was named man-of-the-match.[citation needed] He played his first two tests against Ireland in 2006.[6]

Kaino is known to be a versatile player. In the Bledisloe Cup game on 31 July 2010, Kaino played lock for the All Blacks after Tom Donnelly was replaced. Victor Vito came on at blindeside flanker, while Kaino moved into lock.[citation needed]

In 2011 Kaino played an important role in the All Blacks winning the Rugby World Cup. He was named in the starting XV for every game. He played every minute of every game except for the final few seconds in the semi-final against Australia.[7] He scored four tries in the World Cup.

Career Notes[edit]


  1. ^ a b Perrott, Alan (11 August 2011). "Jerome Kaino: The enforcer". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Gray, Wynne (11 July 2005). "Cartoons on hold for Afoa". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Shannon, Kris (24 March 2012). "Kaino gone – for now". New Zealand Herald. 
  4. ^ "Kaino returns to Blues". New Zealand Herald. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  5. ^ McKendry, Patrick (21 January 2014). "Kaino – I want to be a starting All Black again". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Kaino handed chance by All Blacks". BBC News. 13 June 2006. 
  7. ^ Rugby News Service (24 October 2011). "Top five players of RWC 2011" (Press release). International Rugby Board. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 

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Preceded by
New Zealand Ben Atiga
IRB International U21 Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Australia Tatafu Polota-Nau