Mark van Gisbergen
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|Full name||Mark van Gisbergen|
|Date of birth||30 June 1977|
|Place of birth||Hamilton, New Zealand|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||88 kg (13 st 12 lb) |
|School||St Johns College|
|Rugby union career|
Van Gisbergen’s father is Dutch born whilst his mother is from New Zealand, meaning that the player holds both a New Zealand passport and a Netherlands passport. Van Gisbergen qualified to play for England on 11 September 2005 on residency grounds, having come to England three years previously to begin his playing career at Wasps.
He is a former Waikato fly-half in the National Provincial Championship, although he was unable to cement a regular starting position or secure a more financially rewarding Super 12 contract. He played his club rugby for Hamilton Marist for several seasons, often at fullback.
The fullback made his debut for Wasps in 2002 and scored just under 300 points for his club in the 2003-04 Zurich Premiership and the 2003-04 Heineken Cup. He scored over 300 points in the 2004-05 Zurich Premiership and the 2004-05 Heineken Cup and appeared in all but two Wasps matches. In his time with Wasps he played in three Premiership Finals and two Heineken Cup Finals.
He made his Test debut as a brief replacement for Mark Cueto during England's 26–16 defeat of Australia in November 2005. In a friendly before the 2006-07 Guinness Premiership he suffered a broken chin, and was ruled out for six weeks. He was picked in the 2007 Six Nations Championship Squad.
- "London Wasps Mark van Ginsbergen". web page. London Wasps. Retrieved 10 September 2011.