|Full name||Grayson J. Hart|
|Date of birth||19 June 1988|
|Place of birth||Kaitaia, New Zealand|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||95 kg (14 st 13 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
Grayson Hart (born 19 June 1988 in Kaitaia, New Zealand) is a professional rugby union player for Scotland and Glasgow Warriors in the Pro12 competition. His usual position is Scrum-half and he previously played for the Blues and the NSW Waratahs in the Super Rugby competition.
Hart grew up in the Auckland suburb of Mt Roskill where he excelled in many sports while attending Dilworth School. He then moved to Mt Roskill Grammar School for the last two years of secondary school. He was a member of Auckland representative rugby sides from under-14 through to under-16.
Known as a quick and skilled scrum-half with a great pass who isn't shy when it comes to the physical aspects of the game, Grayson Hart has played Super Rugby for the Blues and NSW Waratahs as well as NPC Rugby for Auckland and North Harbour. In the Northern Hemisphere he has played for Edinburgh Rugby and is currently a member of Glasgow Warriors and has been capped internationally by Scotland.
Grayson made his debut for Auckland in the 2007 Air New Zealand Cup as a 19-year-old and made 13 appearances for a team that went undefeated during the season, won the Air New Zealand Cup and reclaimed the Ranfurly Shield from Canterbury.
Hart was a key member of the New Zealand under-20 team which won the inaugural IRB Junior World Championship in 2008 in Wales, scoring a try against Ireland in the process. At the end of 2008 he played in an All Blacks practice match against the New Zealand Barbarians side. He would again suit up for Auckland in the Air New Zealand Cup where he shared time at scrum-half with Taniela Moa.
Hart made his Super Rugby debut for the Blues against the Bulls in Round 2 of 2009, he then went on to play seven Super 14 matches that season. At 20 years old, he is the youngest scrum-half ever to play for the Blues at Super Rugby level. Again played for Auckland at ITM Cup level.
He was again part of the Blues Wider Training Group but with the signing of more experienced players at the scrum-half position Grayson did not play in any Super Rugby matches. Hart spent the 2010 season on loan to North Harbour for the ITM Cup.
With opportunities in New Zealand limited, Hart set off to Australia where he signed with Southern Districts Rugby Club in Sydney's Shute Shield competition and was immediately signed to the NSW Waratahs academy. He impressed the NSW coaching staff with his play for Souths and signed on for the 2012 Super Rugby season.
In 2012 Hart trained with the Waratahs, as a member of the Extended Playing Group. He also played for Southern Districts in the Shute Shield, where his form at scrum-half helped convince Waratahs selectors him to partner with flyhalf with Bernard Foley. Hart made his debut for the Waratahs in the starting lineup in Round 20 against the Brumbies. Waratahs wing Drew Mitchell wrote a glowing column in the Herald Sun about Grayson's contribution. Following this performance Hart was retained as the starter for the Waratahs in the team's final game of the season against the playoff bound Reds. Hart held his own in the face of world class competition, in the form of scrum-half Will Genia.
After another season at the Tahs, Hart moved to Edinburgh, in the RaboDirect Pro12 tournament along with team mate Oliver Atkins. He made his debut for Edinburgh in a RaboPro12 game against Ulster at Ravenhill on November 22, coming on as a substitute and scoring a try in the process. Hart was rewarded with his first start for Edinburgh in a Heineken Cup match against Gloucester at Kingsholm Stadium and was at the forefront of a gallant Edinburgh effort, he played 80 minutes and led the team around the park remarkably for an upset win which revived their European campaign. Hart would go on to make 24 appearances for Edinburgh over the next two seasons, making 13 starts and scoring five tries. In March 2015, Grayson Hart signed a two-year deal with Scottish rivals Glasgow Warriors, where he will make the short trip down the M8 to compete for a starting place on Gregor Townsend's league leading squad.
New Zealand Under 20
Hart played for the New Zealand under-20 side in the 2008 IRB Junior World Championship where he kept current All Blacks scrum-half Aaron Smith on the bench throughout the tournament. Also part of the 2008 World Champion New Zealand under-20 side were current All Blacks, Zac Guildford, Sam Whitelock as well as Wallabies flyhalf Mike Harris.
Grayson Hart made his test debut for Scotland after coming on as a substitute in a win over Canada on June 14 at BMO Field in Toronto. He went on to make a total of three appearances for Scotland on their Summer Tour.
Selected to join the Scotland sevens team for the Hong Kong 7s where he made one appearance. Hart stayed with the sevens team for the Singapore 7s as well.
- 2007: Air New Zealand Cup winner with Auckland
- 2007: Ranfurly Shield winner with Auckland
- 2008: IRB Junior World Championship winner with New Zealand U20
- 2015: European Rugby Challenge Cup[a] Runners-up with Edinburgh
- Formerly known as European Challenge Cup
- "Barbarians Give All Blacks Tough Workout". theblues.co.nz.
- Fiji Times Online. Rugby.fijitimes.com. Retrieved on 17 August 2011.
- "News Article". nswrugby.com.au.
- "Hart attack: Waratahs select rookie halfback". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- "The Waratahs name Kiwi Grayson Hart and Bernard Foley in the halves for the Brumbies clash". NewsComAu.
- "Grayson Hart has earned his shot at Super Rugby with the Waratahs". NewsComAu.
- "Hart in right place, but little else is for Waratahs". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- "Player". waratahs.com.au.
- "Battle of the halfbacks as Waratahs sign Lucas". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- "Guinness PRO12". pro12rugby.com.
- "Ulster 41 - 17 Edinburgh: Solomons' side crushed". scotsman.com.
- "Gloucester 10-16 Edinburgh". scottishrugbyblog.co.uk.
- "BBC Sport - Edinburgh's Grayson Hart to make Glasgow switch". BBC Sport.
- "Kiwi Grayson Hart gets Waratahs No 9 start". Stuff.
- "Chris Cusiter points talented Kiwi scrum-half in direction of Scotland". scotsman.com.
- "Munro to lead Scotland A". scottishrugby.org.
- "Canada 17 - 19 Scotland: Two wins but unconvincing". scotsman.com.
- profile at Glasgow Warriors website