Brodie Retallick

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Brodie Retallick
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Full nameBrodie Allan Retallick
Date of birth (1991-05-31) 31 May 1991 (age 27)
Place of birthAmberley, New Zealand
Height2.04 m (6 ft 8 in)
Weight123 kg (19 st 5 lb; 271 lb)
SchoolChristchurch Boys' High School
UniversityEastern Institute of Technology
Notable relative(s)Culum Retallick (cousin)
John Ashworth (uncle)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Current team Chiefs, Hawke's Bay
All Black No. 1110
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010–2011 Hawke's Bay 12 (5)
2012– Chiefs 98 (60)
2012–2015 Bay of Plenty 0 (0)
2016– Hawke's Bay 0 (0)
Correct as of 20 May 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011 New Zealand U20 4 (0)
2012– New Zealand 73 (20)
Correct as of 16 November 2018

Brodie Allan Retallick (born 31 May 1991) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer, who currently represents the All Blacks in international rugby, as well as the Chiefs in Super Rugby, having worked his way there by playing for the Hawke's Bay Magpies in the Mitre 10 Cup. His regular playing position is lock. He was a key member of 2015 Rugby World Cup winning team. Retallick was the winner of World Rugby Player of the Year in 2014 and is the award's youngest winner to date.

Retallick has earned frequent comparisons to the late former All Black lock Colin Meads.

International Career[edit]

Early Career[edit]

Retallick played for the Hawkes Bay Magpies in the 2010 and 2011 ITM Cup.[1]

Retallick represented New Zealand under 20 in the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship.[2]

Retallick earned a contract with the Chiefs for the 2012 Super Rugby season and had become a regular starter for the Chiefs by the end of the season. He started in the Super Rugby Final, on 4 August that year, with the Chiefs winning against the Sharks 37-6.[citation needed]

His debut for the All Blacks was against Ireland on 9 June 2012, during their tour of New Zealand.[citation needed] Retallick started on debut, in a locking combination with Sam Whitelock, a combination that has been regularly used by the All Blacks ever since Retallick's debut, which ended in a 42-10 win for New Zealand. Retallick played in every match for the All Blacks, either from the bench or starting, in the 2012 Rugby Championship, playing 13 games for the national side in total for the 2012 season.[3]


He started again for the Chiefs in the 2013 Final.[citation needed] Retallick then continued his workload for the All Blacks by playing a further 11 tests during the year, and was a regular starter for the All Blacks by the time the 2013 Rugby Championship had started, with Luke Romano battling with injury. He cemented his place in the side on 14 September 2013, winning the award for Man of the Match against South Africa. Retallick scored a try in the 21st minute, which was the first of his international career, and played the full 80 minutes, as the All Blacks beat South Africa 29-15.[citation needed]

By 2014, the world-class locking combination of Retallick with Sam Whitelock meant he had now been recognised as an automatic selection for the All Blacks.[4] Retallick played in 12 tests for the All Blacks in 2014 and took his career to new heights that year, winning the award for World Rugby Player of the Year at the end of 2014.

Retallick was selected by head coach Steve Hansen as one of 31 players for New Zealand's All Black squad for the 2015 World Cup after a string of outstanding performances for the All Blacks and the Chiefs. Retallick played well during the competition, earning him a starting spot for the quarter-final against France on 17 October 2015. Retallick scored the opening try against France in the 11th minute and lasted the full 80 minutes of the quarter-final as the All Blacks beat France by a record 62-13. Retallick played the full 80 minutes of both the semi-final's 20-18 win over South Africa and 31 October 2015 Rugby World Cup final, when the All Blacks beat Australia 34-17, becoming the first international rugby team to win three World Cups.[citation needed]


Retallick was subbed off from the field towards the end of the match, in the last Bledisloe Cup test against Australia, on 22 October 2016, in Auckland, following a concussion caused by Dean Mumm elbowing him. This saw Retallick miss a test against Ireland on the end of year tour that year. The first test against Ireland in Chicago was the only test Retallick missed that year. Retallick returned to test rugby with a solid performance off the bench in the 68-10 win against Italy and returned to his starting position in the second test against Ireland in Dublin, on 19 November 2016. New Zealand beat Ireland in the second test, with a 21-9 win.

Retallick was selected as one of the 33 players for the All Blacks to face Samoa and the touring British and Irish Lions in 2017.[5] Retallick took over as captain of the All Blacks for the final 20 minutes of the 78-0 thrashing of Samoa, following captain Ben Smith being subbed off for debutant Jordie Barrett. Retallick was arguably the best performing New Zealander in the Lions series, dominating the Lions in all three tests of the drawn series, which finished on 8th July, with a 15-15 stalemate.[6]

Prior to being rested for a test against Argentina in Buenos Aires for the 2017 Rugby Championship, Retallick had played every minute of every single All Blacks test in 2017. Retallick did not play in 2017 again, following the previous fixture, however, which was a 57-0 win against South Africa, where he scored his fourth test try, because of personal reasons. Patrick Tuipulotu was re-called to the All Blacks following Retallick's personal issues. Rookie lock Scott Barrett became a regular starter for the All Blacks in Retallick's absence.


Retallick returned to playing rugby for the Chiefs in the 2018 Super Rugby season and scored the first double of his Super Rugby career on 16 March 2018, returning from an eye injury, to enable a Chiefs comeback to beat the Bulls 41-28. He finished the competition with six tries (second-to-most in the Chiefs for the season).[7]

Retallick failed to make the field for the All Blacks during the 2018 Steinlager series against France due to a pectoral injury. Retallick was re-selected for the All Blacks for the 2018 Rugby Championship. Retallick played his first test of 2018, on 18 August, when the All Blacks beat the Wallabies 38-13 in Sydney. Retallick had a dominant performance which included playing a full 80 minutes, as well as scoring a try in the 51st minute. Retallick won the award for Man of the Match against the Wallabies, making headlines around the world and earning him comparisons to late All Black great, Colin Meads.[8] Retallick's try against the Wallabies later went on to win him the award for IRP Try of the Year.

He played three tests during the 2018 Rugby Championship, being replaced only nine minutes into the first test against Argentina, on 8 September 2018. Retallick was replaced by Sam Whitelock, with the All Blacks winning 46-24. Retallick missed the rest of the competition due to the injury suffered against Argentina.

New Zealand had Retallick back in the squad in time for the 2018 end-of-year tour, where he featured in four tests. He replaced Sam Whitelock off the bench against Australia in the third Bledisloe Cup test, which was a win, 37-20. Retallick then displaced Scott Barrett from what was Barrett's now-usual role in the starting lineup, for tests against England and Ireland. Retallick was Man of the Match against England in a narrow 16-15 win, with England back-rower Sam Underhill denied of the winning try.[9]

Although he was the best player on the field against England, Retallick was unable to play the same way the following week, on 17th November 2018. That day, Ireland beat the All Blacks, with Retallick, as well as Liam Squire and All Black Captain, Kieran Read, performing poorly in their 9-16 loss to Ireland.[10] Retallick finished the season off with a better performance against Italy, where he replaced Scott Barrett off the bench in a 66-3 win.


Super Rugby[edit]



Personal life[edit]

Retallick attended Christchurch Boys' High School and then moved to Hawke's Bay for study at the Eastern Institute of Technology.

He won the World Rugby Player of the Year in 2014 and also won the Kelvin R Tremain award for the best New Zealand-based player of 2014 at the Steinlager Rugby Awards on 11 December 2014. [11]

He married Niki Thompson in 2015, and they have two daughters together. Their second child, a son, was stillborn in 2017.


  1. ^ "Brodie Retallick". Archived from the original on 28 June 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2012. Rugby Fix
  2. ^ "New Zealand Rugby Under 20 squad named". New Zealand News UK. 28 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Brodie Retallick". NZRU. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  4. ^ Robson, Toby (2 September 2014). "All Blacks lock has an appetite for destruction". Fairfax Media Digital. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  5. ^ "All Blacks Squad for DHL NZ Lions series". 8 June 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  6. ^ "New Zealand 30-15 British and Irish Lions: first Test player ratings". Gerard Meagher. 24 June 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Leading try scorers Super Rugby 2018". Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  8. ^ Alex Powell (17 September 2018). "Opinion: Sorry Beauden, but Brodie Retallick is the best rugby player on the planet". TVNZ. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  9. ^ Jack de Menzes (10 November 2018). "England vs New Zealand player ratings: Brodie Retallick leads the way as All Blacks snatch victory". Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  10. ^ Sam Warlow. "All Blacks Player Ratings v Ireland". Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  11. ^ "2014 Steinlager Rugby Awards - Results". 11 December 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2018.

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