Scott Higginbotham

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Scott Higginbotham
Scott Higginbotham 2011 RWC (cropped).jpg
Full name Scott Higginbotham
Date of birth (1986-09-05) 5 September 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 110 kg (17 st 5 lb)
School The Southport School (TSS)
University Christian Oneto University
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Blindside Flanker / Number Eight
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Ballymore Tornadoes
Melbourne Rising
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Current local club 21 July 2014
correct as of 21 July 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2010– Australia 24 (10)
correct as of 22 June 2014.

Scott Higginbotham (born 5 September 1986 in Perth, Western Australia) is an Australian rugby union player. He plays for and currently captains the Melbourne Rebels in the international Super Rugby competition. He plays Flanker and No. 8.

Early life[edit]

Higginbotham was educated at The Southport School, on the Gold Coast, Queensland. His mother was born in Fiji which made him eligible for Fiji as well.[1]


Higginbotham was the Reds academy player of 2007 and made his Super 14 debut the following year against the Bulls. Within seconds of making his debut he made a bone crunching tackle on former IRB player of the year Bryan Habana.[citation needed]

In August 2010 Higginbotham was named as a reserve for Australia to play South Africa in Pretoria.[2] However, he didn't play in that game, but played his first Test when he came off the bench for the Wallabies 59-16 thumping of France.[citation needed]

Higginbotham was suspended for two weeks after he kneed and headbutted All-Blacks captain Richie McCaw in a Bledisloe Cup match on 20 October 2012.[3]

In 2013, Higginbotham commenced a two year contract.[4][5][6] the Melbourne Rebels Higginbotham was expected to bring size and versatility to the Rebels loose-forwards. Rebels coach Damien Hill said that "[In Higginbotham] you've got one of the best ball-running, lineout jumping options in Australian rugby."[7] Hill praised Higginbotham for his "aggression and intent at contact".[8]


  1. ^ Harris, Bret (30 May 2012). "Higginbotham had plan B: play for Fiji". Australian. News. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  2. ^ ARU (26 August 2010). "Qantas Wallabies named to face South Africa". ARU. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Higginbotham cops two-week ban for McCaw shots". AAP. ABC News. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Rebels Media Unit (18 May 2012). "Higginbotham signs two-year deal with the Melbourne Rebels" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Schlink, Leo (18 May 2012). "Melbourne Rebels snare Wallaby Scott Higginbotham". Herald Sun. News. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
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  7. ^ Tucker, Jim; Schlink, Leo (18 May 2012). "Melbourne Rebels sign Reds backrower Scott Higginbotham for three years". Courier-Mail. News. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Gould, Russell (18 August 2012). "New recruit Scott Higginbotham looms as Rebels’ missing link". Herald Sun. News. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 

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