Mark van Gisbergen

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Mark van Gisbergen
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Personal information
Full name Mark van Gisbergen
Date of birth (1977-06-30) 30 June 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Hamilton, New Zealand
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 88 kg (13 st 12 lb) [1]
School(s) attended St Johns College
Club information
Position(s) Full-back / Fly-half
Current club Lyon OU
Youth clubs
Years Club
Hamilton Marist
Senior clubs*
Years Club Apps (points)
1997–2002
2002–2011
2011-
Waikato
London Wasps
Lyon OU

193 (1166)
Representative teams
2005 England 1 (0)
* Professional club appearances and points
counted for domestic first grade only.

Mark van Gisbergen (born 30 June 1977 in Hamilton, New Zealand) is a rugby union footballer who plays at fullback for Lyon and England. He is nicknamed 'Giz' or 'Gizzy'.

Van Gisbergen’s father is Dutch born whilst his mother is from New Zealand, meaning that the player holds both a New Zealand passport and a Netherlands passport. Van Gisbergen qualified to play for England on 11 September 2005 on residency grounds, having come to England three years previously to begin his playing career at Wasps.

He is a former Waikato fly-half in the National Provincial Championship, although he was unable to cement a regular starting position or secure a more financially rewarding Super 12 contract. He played his club rugby for Hamilton Marist for several seasons, often at fullback.

The fullback made his debut for Wasps in 2002 and scored just under 300 points for his club in the 2003-04 Zurich Premiership and the 2003-04 Heineken Cup. He scored over 300 points in the 2004-05 Zurich Premiership and the 2004-05 Heineken Cup and appeared in all but two Wasps matches. In his time with Wasps he played in three Premiership Finals and a Heineken Cup Final.

He made his Test debut as a brief replacement for Mark Cueto during England's 26–16 defeat of Australia in November 2005. In a friendly before the 2006-07 Guinness Premiership he suffered a broken chin, and was ruled out for six weeks. He was picked in the 2007 Six Nations Championship Squad.

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  1. ^ "London Wasps Mark van Ginsbergen". web page. London Wasps. Retrieved 10 September 2011.