Caleb Ralph

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Caleb Ralph
Full name Caleb Stan Ralph
Date of birth (1977-09-10) 10 September 1977 (age 38)
Place of birth Rotorua,New Zealand
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 93 kg (205 lb)
School Western Heights High School
Occupation(s) Professional rugby union footballer
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Centre, wing
New Zealand No. 970
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1996–97
1998–99
2000–06
2007
Bay of Plenty
Auckland
Canterbury
Tasman
25
17
66
6



(0)
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1997
1998–99
2000–09
2011
Chiefs
Blues
Crusaders
Reds
3
6
126
1
(15)
(15)
(290)
(0)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1998–2003 New Zealand
New Zealand Māori
14
13
(45)
Sevens national teams
Years Club / team Comps
1996–2000 New Zealand
Medal record
Representing  New Zealand
Men's Rugby
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1998 Kuala Lumpur Rugby sevens

Caleb Stan Ralph (born 10 September 1977 in Rotorua, New Zealand) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. Ralph began his first-class career with Bay of Plenty, then moved to Auckland before heading to Canterbury. He started his Super Rugby career with the Chiefs in 1997, Blues (1998–99), Crusaders (2000–08) and a cameo role with the Queensland Reds (2011). He made his All Black debut while playing for Auckland in 1998.

After an absence from the national team of three years he was recalled in 2001, and was a regular member of the All Blacks throughout the 2002 and 2003 seasons, playing a total of 13 tests and scoring eight tries, including a hat-trick against Italy in 2002, and was a member of the New Zealand team during the 2003 Rugby World Cup. In 2006 he gained his 100th consecutive super rugby cap.

He made the New Zealand sevens side while still at Western Heights High School, Rotorua. He has since regularly represented New Zealand in Rugby sevens between 1996 and 2000 playing with Eric Rush and was a member of the gold medal-winning New Zealand team at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

Ralph is second on the all-time list of Super Rugby try scorers, one try behind Doug Howlett, and he still holds the record for consecutive Super Rugby appearances with 104. Ralph won the Canterbury Maori Trophy on 10 December 2005. In 2008 he signed up to play with Japanese club Fukuoka Sanix Blues.[1] In 2010 he signed with the Australian club Sunshine Coast Stingrays. The following year in the final round of the regular 2011 Super Rugby season, Queensland Reds coach Ewen McKenzie recruited Ralph on a short term contract to combat the side's injury crisis in the outside backs. In Round 18 he took the field in the 65th minute as a substitute and equalled George Gregan's then-record of 136 Super Rugby games.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ex-All Black joins Japan's Sanix". Daily Yomuiri Online. 8 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-08. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Chiefs vs. Reds, Round 18, 2011 Match Report". New Zealand Herald - nzherald.co.nz. 18 June 2011. Retrieved 2015-09-19. 

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Awards
Preceded by
Daryl Gibson
Tom French Memorial
Māori rugby union player of the year

2001
Succeeded by
Carlos Spencer