Rodney Blake

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Rodney Blake
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Personal information
Full name Rodney Blake
Date of birth (1983-04-29) 29 April 1983 (age 32)
Place of birth Sa'aveki, Tonga[1]
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 132 kg (20 st 11 lb)
School(s) attended Homebush Boys High
Club information
Position(s) prop
Current club Bowen Mudcrabs
Youth clubs
Years Club
West Harbour Juniors
Youth representative teams
Years Team Apps (points)
Australian Schoolboys
Australia U-21
5
Super Rugby
Provincial sides
2004–08
2007
2008–10
Sunnybank
East Coast Aces
Bayonne
25 (5)
6 (10)
52 (10)
Super Rugby
2005–08
2011–12
Queensland Reds
Melbourne Rebels
25 (6)
20 (15)
Representative teams
2006 ‐ Australia 7 (5)

Rodney Blake (born 29 April 1983) is an Australian professional rugby union footballer. He played as a prop in Super Rugby for the Queensland Reds and Melbourne Rebels, and played for Bayonne in the Top 14 in France. He is sometimes referred to as Rodzilla. Blake made his debut for the Wallabies in 2006.

Early life[edit]

Rodney Blake was born in Sa'aveki, Tonga. His father Paul is a former Otago flanker and moved his family to Sydney when Rodney was 13. The young Blake played rugby for the West Harbour RFC juniors and was educated at Homebush Boys High School.[2] He was a member of the Australian Schools side,[2] and he represented Australia under-21 world cup in Scotland.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

He made his Queensland Reds Super Rugby debut against the Otago Highlanders . He was a regular in the Reds' line-up during the 2006 Super 14 season. He was named in John Connolly's Wallaby side, and made his test debut against England at Telstra Stadium, playing the full 80 minutes. In the closing minutes of the match Blake charged over to score the final try of the game which saw Australia win 34 to 3. He was injured in the subsequent victory over England, and thus missed the following match against Ireland. Blake missed the opening matches of the 2006 Tri Nations Series but played for the Wallabies in a Bledisloe Cup match against the All Blacks in Brisbane.

In October 2006, he was named the Reds "Player of the Year" and awarded the Pilecki Medal.[3] In 2009, after failing to secure a Super 14 contract in Australia, Blake moved to France and spent two seasons in the French Top 14 competition.[citation needed]

In 2010 Blake returned to Australia, joining the Melbourne Rebels in preparation for the Rebels' 2011 Super Rugby season.[4][5] In 2012, his Rebels team mates included props Nic Henderson, Laurie Weeks, the 20-year-old Paul Alo-Emile, and new signings Kurtley Beale and James O'Connor.[6] Rebels coach Damien Hill praised Blake's agility, and decision making abilities in both attack and defence. Hill said, "Rodney's biggest challenge, season in, season out, is to make sure he has the aerobic capacity to perform those skills for long periods of time rather than in small bits."[7]

Blake left the Rebels after the 2012 season and moved to Airlie Beach in Queensland. He played representative rugby for the Mackay Stingers in the North Queensland Rugby Championships in 2014.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "On the Spot – Rodney Blake". rugby.com.au. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Players ... with three or more Caps ... 1973–2009". Australian Schools Rugby. ARFSU. Retrieved 13 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Rodzilla named as Reds' best in 2006". ABC. Retrieved 8 October 2006. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Former Wallabies Rodney Blake and Mark Gerrard sign with the Rebels". Foxsports. News Limited. Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Rebels sign up two former Wallabies". Age. Fairfax. 10 June 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  6. ^ Paxinos, Stathi (28 February 2012). "Forward pack to deliver: Weeks". Age. Fairfax. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Senior Townsville Brolgas triumphant over FNQ Thunder and Mackay Stingers". North Ward Old Boys Rugby. 23 May 2014. Archived from the original on 9 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  8. ^ Thimpson, Michael (17 May 2014). "Wallabies forward Rodney Blake rumoured to be clashing against Brolgas in NQ Rugby Championship". Townsville Bulletin. News. Archived from the original on 9 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 

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