Liam Messam

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Liam Messam
Liam Messam at fundraiser dinner.jpeg
Full name Liam Justin Messam
Date of birth (1984-03-25) 25 March 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth Blenheim, New Zealand
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 108 kg (238 lb)
School Rotorua Boys' High School
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Flanker
New Zealand No. 1082
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2003– Waikato 84 (148)
correct as of 5 November 2012.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006– Chiefs 130 (135)27t
correct as of 21 July 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2008– New Zealand 40 (30)6t
correct as of 23 November 2014.
Liam Messam
Medal record
Competitor for  New Zealand
Men's Rugby
Commonwealth Games
Gold 2006 Melbourne Rugby 7's
Gold 2010 Delhi Rugby 7's

Liam Messam (born 25 March 1984 in Blenheim) is a New Zealand rugby union player who plays for the Super Rugby franchise the Chiefs, with 130 caps which makes him the most-capped Chiefs player to date, and for Waikato in the ITM Cup. Messam predominantly plays as a blindside flanker. After the retirement of then Chiefs captain Mils Muliaina, Messam was named the team's new co-captain from 2012 onwards.

In October 2008, Messam was selected in the All Blacks end of year tour squad to tour Hong Kong and Europe. He played one test against Scotland and one match against Munster. He subsequently appeared several more times for New Zealand but was dropped a month out of the Rugby World Cup 2011 in favour of Victor Vito. Since debuting in 2008 he has won 29 test caps.

In 2004, at the age of just 20, he captained the New Zealand sevens teams to its fifth IRB Sevens World Series title and in 2005 led the team to the final. Messam also played in the New Zealand sevens teams that won gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and 2010 Commonwealth Games.[1] In 2004 he was also named New Zealand Sevens Player of the Year.

He has also played for the New Zealand Maori, including during the 2006 Churchill Cup and the 2010 centenary series, where he captained the side. In 2012 and 2013 Messam was awarded the Tom French Cup as Māori Player of the Year.[2][3]

On 31 January 2015, Messam will fight on the undercard of close friend Sonny Bill Williams' boxing bout.


  1. ^ Profile at the New Zealand Commonwealth Games website
  2. ^ "Ray Watson, Liam Messam winners at Rugby Awards". Rotorua Daily Post. APN Holdings. 14 December 2012. Archived from the original on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  3. ^ McKendry, Patrick (5 December 2013). "Read, All Blacks, Hansen scoop top NZ rugby awards". NZ Herald. APN Holdings. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 

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