Adam Thomson (rugby union)

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Adam Thomson
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Full name Adam Thomson
Date of birth (1982-03-13) 13 March 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Ashburton, New Zealand
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 112 kg (17 st 9 lb)
School Christchurch Boys' High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
New Zealand No. 1073
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013–2017 Canon Eagles 46 ((85))
Correct as of 15 January 2017
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2004–2012 Otago 50 ((65))
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006, 2008–2012
2015
2016
Highlanders
Reds
Rebels
68
15
13
((105)
(0)
(5))
Correct as of 21 July 2016
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008–2012 New Zealand 29 ((30))
Correct as of 8 October 2014

Adam Thomson(simoane) (born 13 March 1982) is a New Zealand rugby union player. He represented the New Zealand All Blacks between 2008 and 2012, playing a total of 29 tests including two during the victorious 2011 Rugby World Cup campaign. He is a new signing for the Melbourne Rebels 2016 squad, having also played Super Rugby with the Queensland Reds (2015) and Highlanders (2006-2012). He has also represented the Canon Eagles in Japan's Top League and New Zealand province Otago.

Thomson plays mainly as a blind-side flanker (number 6). He made his All Blacks debut against Ireland as a replacement for Rodney So'oialo on 7 June 2008, helped win the World Cup in 2011, and last played for the All Blacks against Scotland in November 2012.

Early life and New Zealand representative teams[edit]

Thomson was born in Ashburton.[1] He attended Christchurch Boys' High School, and played in the same 1st XV side as fellow All Black Dan Carter.[2]

As he progressed through national rugby sides he played for:

  • New Zealand Secondary Schools (2000)
  • New Zealand Under 19 (2001)
  • New Zealand Under 21 (2003)
  • New Zealand Universities (2004)[3]
  • New Zealand Sevens (2007)[2]

Otago[edit]

Thomson made his debut for Otago on 17 September 2004 when he started against Waikato. Thomson played four matches (all losses) in 2004, starting in all of them.[4] In 2005 he played in five matches, starting only once.

2006 saw Thomson move to number 8 where he played five matches, including try-scoring appearances in the 56–21 win over North Harbour, and against Southland. In 2007 Thomson moved back to flanker and started in all his nine matches, scoring three tries.

By the time he left New Zealand for the 2013 season, Thomson had played 50 games for Otago, scoring 13 tries (65 points).[5]

2006, 2008-12: Highlanders[edit]

Thomson played in three Super 14 matches for the Highlanders in 2006, all as a replacement. He was not selected for 2007, despite having a good season with Otago in the Air New Zealand Cup.

In 2008 Thomson was recalled. He began as a substitute, but played so well that midway through the season he'd become the team's top choice flanker. He played in twelve matches, scored five tries (including one in the victory over the Crusaders), and ultimately made the All Blacks squad that year.

Thomson remained at the Highlanders until he left New Zealand at the end of 2012. He finished as the Highlanders' second-highest try-scorer with 21, behind only Jeff Wilson (35). Thomson scored 6 tries in each of his last two seasons with the team, including a three-try match against the Rebels in 2012.[6]

2008-12: All Blacks[edit]

Thomson was selected for the All Blacks in June 2008, making the squad ahead of Kieran Read, who was also waiting to debut in test rugby.[7] The same squad contested the Iveco test series (against Ireland and England) and the 2008 Tri-Nations.[8] Thomson debuted off the bench against Ireland when he replaced Rodney So'oialo. He then started in the second test against England.

In 2009 he started the international season at openside flanker, filling in for captain Richie McCaw, before breaking his thumb 30 minutes into the game. Thomson was side-lined for the better half of the season before making his comeback against Australia in the final Tri-Nations match, playing at blindside flanker. He was the fastest player over 40m in the All Blacks squad of 2009.

In 2010 he made the squad for the early-season Steinlager Series against Ireland and Wales, but not the Tri-Nations or end-of-year grand slam tour.[2][9]

Thomson was a member of the victorious 2011 Rugby World Cup squad.

In total he played 29 tests (12 as a substitute) and scored 6 tries for New Zealand.[3][10]

2013-14: Canon Eagles (Japan)[edit]

Thomson played for Tokyo's Canon Eagles for two years.[11]

On 1 November 2014, Thomson played for the Barbarians, scoring a try against Australia at Twickenham stadium in London.

2015: Return to Super Rugby - Reds and Rebels (Australia)[edit]

In 2015 Thomson returned to Super Rugby with the Queensland Reds.[12] He played 15 matches in the season, finishing as the team's top tackler and the competition's second-most prolific winner of opposition lineouts.[13]

On 20 July 2015, Thomson announced that had signed with the Melbourne Rebels for 2016.[13][14]

Nicknames and signature try celebration[edit]

He is known by fans as the "wooly mammoth" due to his size and hair. He is also known as "Blond Cena" due to his interest in wrestling and his try celebration of "You can't see me", a signature taunt/gimmick by John Cena.He is also known as the White simoane.[15]

Super Rugby Statistics[edit]

As of 20 July 2016[16]
Season Team Games Starts Sub Mins Tries Cons Pens Drops Points Yel Red
2006 Highlanders 3 0 3 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 Highlanders 12 6 6 654 5 0 0 0 25 0 0
2009 Highlanders 13 13 0 1040 2 0 0 0 10 1 0
2010 Highlanders 12 12 0 960 2 0 0 0 10 0 0
2011 Highlanders 13 13 0 996 6 0 0 0 30 0 0
2012 Highlanders 15 15 0 1200 5 0 0 0 25 0 0
2015 Reds 15 15 0 1167 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2016 Rebels 13 12 1 948 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
Total 96 86 10 6991 21 0 0 0 105 3 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adam Thomson at AllBlacks.com
  2. ^ a b c "Adam Thomson (profile)". Rugby Heaven. Fairfax (stuff.co.nz). Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Palenski, Ron (2014). The All Blackography: The indispensable guide to every All Black. Auckland, New Zealand: Upstart Press. p. 508. ISBN 978-1-927262-16-0. 
  4. ^ "Adam Thomson profile". ESPN (UK). Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Player statistics - Adam Thomson". It's Rugby. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "For the record". The Highlanders. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "All Blacks squad announced". allblacks.com. 1 June 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2008. 
  8. ^ "Six new caps in All Blacks squad". New Zealand Herald. 1 June 2008. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "All Blacks squad named for 2010 Investec Tri Nations". New Zealand Rugby Union. 27 June 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Adam Thomson player profile". allblacks.com. New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Former All Black Adam Thomson signs with Reds". One News (TVNZ). Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "St.George Queensland Reds Sign Former All Blacks Back-rower Adam Thomson (10/8/2014)". Reds Rugby. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Former All Black signs with Rebels". New Zealand Herald. 20 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "World Cup Winner Adam Thomson Joins the Club (20 July, 2015)". Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  15. ^ http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/super-rugby/66690516/Cult-hero-Adam-Thomson-returns-to-face-Highlanders-in-Reds-jersey
  16. ^ "Player Statistics". its rugby. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
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