Nathan Hines

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Nathan Hines
Full name Nathan John Hines
Date of birth (1976-03-29) 29 March 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
Height 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
Weight 116 kilograms (18 st 4 lb)
School Berkeley Vale Community High School
Rugby union career
Current status
Position(s) Lock
current team Sale Sharks
Playing career
Position Lock
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Berkeley Vale Panther Junior Rugby League Club
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1997-1998
1998-1999

1999-2005
2005-2009
2009-2011
2011-2014
2014-
North Sydney Bears
Manly
Gala
Edinburgh Rugby
USA Perpignan
Leinster
Clermont Auvergne
Sale Sharks



77
109
46
72



(20)
(20)
(5)
(0)
correct as of June 5, 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2000-2011
2009
Scotland
British and Irish Lions
77
0
(10)
(0)
correct as of 19 October 2011.

Nathan Hines (born 29 November 1976 in Wagga Wagga, NSW) is an Australian rugby union player who has played internationally for Scotland and the British and Irish Lions. He currently plays for the English club Sale Sharks. He is a former rugby league player who played for North Sydney Bears XIII in Australia.

Early life[edit]

Hines attended Berkeley Vale Community High School from 1989–1994 and was a regular feature in the school's first XIII rugby league team. He played his club football for the Berkeley Vale Panthers Junior Rugby League Club and was part of the club's first ever Premiership winning side (U/15s – defeated Woy Woy in 1991) playing alongside future NRL player Paul Stringer.

Club career[edit]

Hines won league and cup titles with Gala RFC, before signing for Edinburgh. He moved from Edinburgh to Perpignan in the 2005 off season.

His time at Perpignan came to an end due to his refusal to play for them in the latter stages of the Top 14 to tour South Africa with the British and Irish Lions.[citation needed] On the Lions tour, Hines played in five regional matches, but was never selected for any of the Tests against South Africa.[1]

On 4 July 2009 it was reported in the French media that Hines would be joining 2008-09 Heineken Cup winners Leinster for the 2009/10 season.[2] Hines became a regular starter and a crowd favourite for Leinster, he won the 2010-11 Heineken Cup with the Irish province.

Hines signed for Clermont Auvergne in 2011.[3] On 20 January 2014, Hines signed for Sale Sharks to compete in the English Aviva Premiership on a two-year contract from the 2014-15 season.[4]

International career[edit]

Hines made his Test debut for Scotland in New Zealand but two serious injuries claimed nearly 18 months of his career. He became the first Scotland player to be sent off in a Test match when he was dismissed against the USA Eagles in 2002 for punching replacement hooker/flanker Dan Anderson. He was a big part of the Scotland squad for the 2003 Rugby World Cup, which was held in his country of birth.

In the 2005 Six Nations Championship game against Wales at Murrayfield on 13 March, Hines came on in the second half and helped restore some pride, but his try was disallowed for lack of grounding. He was alleged to be discontented with the Scotland coaches (Matt Williams and Willie Anderson) and declared his retirement from international rugby. However, with the firing of the previous coaching regime and the appointment of his previous club coach, Frank Hadden, as Scotland coach, Hines returned to the squad.[5] He made his reappearance as a substitute in the 2006 Six Nations win over England at Murrayfield.

On 9 November 2011 Hines announced his retirement from international rugby with immediate effect.[6] This meant he started and ended his Scotland career at Eden Park, Auckland. Hines won a total of 77 caps and scored two tries (10 points).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nathan Hines: Lions' profile". lionsrugby.com. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Thornley, Gerry (6 July 2009). "Nathan Hines to join Leinster". Irish Times. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Leinster's Nathan Hines signs for Clermont-Auvergne". BBC Sport (BBC). 17 March 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Sale Sharks sign veteran Scotland lock Nathan Hines from Clermont Auvergne". BBC Sport. 20 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Hines available again for Scots". BBC Sport (BBC). 17 February 2006. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Nathan Hines calls time on Scotland career". BBC Sport (BBC). 9 November 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 

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