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Jared Payne playing for Ireland during the 2015 Rugby World Cup
|Birth name||Jared Benjamin Payne|
|Date of birth||13 October 1985|
|Place of birth||Tauranga, New Zealand|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||95 kg (15.0 st; 209 lb)|
Hamilton Boys' High School
|Rugby union career|
Jared Benjamin Payne (born 13 October 1985) is a retired rugby union centre who played for Ulster and the Ireland national team. He was a member of the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, but did not play a test match.
Payne was born in Tauranga, New Zealand, and represented New Zealand at U21 and 7s level, as well as captaining his provincial side Northland. He began his Super Rugby career with the Chiefs in 2007 before moving to the Crusaders in 2009. He made 22 appearances for the Crusaders over two seasons. He moved to the Blues for the 2011 Super Rugby campaign and was one of the standout players in the competition as he played centre and fullback with flair. Payne played most of his New Zealand rugby at centre and fullback, but also covered the wing.
Payne debuted with the Waikato Chiefs in 2007, however his game time was limited and he was not re-signed for the 2008 season. In 2009, Payne was signed by the Crusaders, for whom he made 22 appearances in the 2009 and 2010 seasons. In 2010 it was announced the Blues had signed him for the 2011 Super Rugby season.
In 2011, Payne signed with Ulster, making his Ulster debut on 16 September against the Cardiff Blues, where he made a solid start for his new team. Payne injured his Achilles tendon in a match against Treviso in October 2011 keeping him out for the rest of the season. He returned for the start of the 2012/13 season and his flair and dynamic play made him one of Ulster's key playmakers in their run to the Heineken Cup Quarter-Finals and Pro12 Finals. He signed a new contract with Ulster in May 2013, keeping him at Ravenhill until 2016. He signed a new contract with Ulster in May 2016, keeping him at Ravenhill until 2018. Payne was forced to retire in May 2018 due to head injury sustained during the 2017 Lions tour, though Ulster announced him as their new defence coach.
Payne played his first test for Ireland against South Africa on 8 November 2014.
British and Irish Lions
Payne was selected as part of the 2017 British and Irish Lions squad to take part in their tour of New Zealand. He started in three of the matches on tour, including fixtures against his former teams the Blues and Chiefs. Payne scored a try in the second half against the Chiefs but was subbed off with a concussion in the 76th minute. Payne withdrew from the squad due to injury and has not played any rugby since the Lions tour.
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