Aaron Mauger

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Aaron Mauger
Birth name Aaron Joseph Douglas Mauger
Date of birth (1980-11-29) 29 November 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Christchurch, New Zealand
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 14 st 9 lb (93 kg)
School Christchurch Boys High School
Notable relative(s) Nathan Mauger (brother)
Graeme Bachop (uncle)
Stephen Bachop (uncle)
Ivan Mauger (uncle)
Spouse Amy
Children Felix
Rugby union career
Position(s) Second five-eighth
First five-eighth
All Black No. 1013
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Correct as of 2007-01-29
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007–2010 Leicester Tigers 53 (42)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1999–2007 Canterbury 42 (?)
Correct as of 2007-01-29
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2000–2007 Crusaders 82 (149)
Correct as of 2007-01-29
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2001–2007 New Zealand 46 (90)
Correct as of 2007-01-29

Aaron Joseph Douglas Mauger (last name pronounced "Major"; born 29 November 1980 in Christchurch, New Zealand) is a New Zealand rugby union coach and former player who played at centre for Leicester Tigers. He previously played first five-eighths and second five-eighths for Canterbury (Air New Zealand Cup), the Crusaders (Super Rugby) and the New Zealand All Blacks. He joined the Leicester Tigers at the end of the 2007 Rugby World Cup after signing a two-and-a-half-year contract with the English side.[1]

Mauger captained the New Zealand Under-21 team to success in the International Under-21 Tournaments in 2000 and 2001. He made his All Blacks début in 2001.

He is the younger brother of Nathan Mauger and his uncles are former All Blacks Graeme Bachop and Stephen Bachop. His great-uncle, Ivan Mauger, is a former six time Speedway World Champion.[2]

In March 2010, Mauger announced his retirement due to a back injury.[3] He had attended clinics in the United Kingdom and Germany in his bid to overcome the injury but had been unable to complete training sessions without breaking down. In June 2010 Mauger returned with his family to live in his native New Zealand where he hoped to remain involved with rugby union in a coaching role.[4]

Following a period of coaching with the Crusaders, it was announced that Mauger had signed a 3-year deal (starting in the 2015/2016 season) with Leicester Tigers for the vacant head coach role. The role was previously held by Matt O'Connor who left in 2013 to be head coach at Leinster.[5]

On August 1 2017 Mauger was named head coach of the Highlanders, taking over from previous head coach Tony Brown.

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  1. ^ Tigers get a Mauger scoop Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Kitson, Robert (19 November 2001). "Lomu and the boys put down a marker". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Injury forces Leicester Tigers' Aaron Mauger to retire". thisisleicestershire.co.uk. 30 March 2010. Archived from the original on 18 September 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Aaron Mauger announces retirement from rugby". BBC Sport. 2010-03-30. Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  5. ^ "Aaron Mauger Joins Tigers". BBC Sport. 2014-11-24. Retrieved 2014-11-24. 

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