Luke Romano

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Luke Romano
Full name Luke Romano
Date of birth (1986-02-16) 16 February 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Nelson, New Zealand
Height 1.99 m (6 ft 6 12 in)
Weight 119 kg (18 st 10 lb; 262 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009– Canterbury 29 (20)
Correct as of 29 October 2016
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011– Crusaders 80 (30)
Correct as of 23 July 2016
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012– New Zealand 26 (10)
Correct as of 17 September 2016

Luke Romano (born 16 February 1986) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer who plays as a lock for the Crusaders in Super Rugby[1] and Canterbury in the ITM Cup.[2] He is a key member of 2015 Rugby World Cup winning team.


Romano is a New Zealand international, making his debut on 23 June 2012 in a 60–0 win against Ireland in Hamilton. He currently has 25 caps and has scored 2 tries.[3][4]

Romano was a regular starter for the early stages of his international career, but missed many opportunities to play through injuries which saw his starting spot taken by Brodie Retallick. Romano only played one international match in 2014, a 24-16 victory over Scotland off the bench. Romano's return from injury in 2015 saw him named in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Romano earned starts against Namibia and Tonga in the tournament, with both fixtures being victories for New Zealand.

Romano had good form throughout Super Rugby in 2016, allowing him to start against Wales for the first test of the year. He missed the end of year fixtures however, allowing Scott Barrett to make his debut for New Zealand after coming into the squad as injury cover for Romano and Sam Whitelock. Romano lost his regular starting spot in the Crusaders to Barrett in 2017.

Personal life[edit]

Romano did not play international rugby for the Autumn Internationals in 2016 due to the death of a relative. His return to rugby was during the 2017 Brisbane Global Tens. Romano is a qualified builder and he is of Italian descent.[5]


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