Mike Harris (rugby union)

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Michael Harris
Date of birth (1988-07-08) 8 July 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth North Harbour, New Zealand
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight 96 kg (212 lb)
School Westlake Boys High School
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Inside Centre / Fly-half / Fullback
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2016− Lyon 17 (53)
Correct as of 5 March 2017
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2007–10
2014
North Harbour
Queensland Country
33
0
(255)
(0)
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2011–14
2015−16
Reds
Rebels
44
20
(270)
(133)
Correct as of 21 July 2016
National team(s)
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2007-08
2012–
New Zealand U20
Australia
1
10
(0)
(55)
Correct as of 1 December 2013

Michael "Mike" Harris (born 8 July 1988)[2] is a professional rugby union football player who plays for the Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby. Harris had played in the ITM Cup with North Harbour from 2007 to 2010 before moving to Australia to play for the Queensland Reds in the Super Rugby competition in 2011. With his main position at second five-eighth,[3] Harris can also play throughout the backline most notably at flyhalf. He is also a goal kicking option, with previous results with North Harbour. Mike was Head Boy at Westlake Boys High School in 2006.

Domestic career[edit]

After making his Queensland Reds debut in 2011, Harris was selected to fill the void of flyhalf after fellow Queensland Reds played Quade Cooper had succumbed to injury during the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Harris immediately made an impact as he broke the Super Rugby record for most consecutive goals (penalties, conversions etc.) with 24. He also broke John Eales' Queensland and Australian record for most goals in a game with 9 (7 penalties, 2 conversions).[4] He became a viable kicking option for the Reds but suffered injury a few weeks later. In June 2012 he was selected to play his first test match against Scotland.[5] In May 2014 it was announced that Harris would be joining the Melbourne Rebels for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.[6]

International career[edit]

Harris was qualified to represent the Wallabies through his Australian-born grandmother,[5] and was selected at inside centre for the test match on 5 June 2012 against Scotland.[5] He scored 6 points in this game, the only points for Australia in a 9-6 loss to Scotland. Two weeks later he was on the bench in the second test against Wales in Melbourne on 16 June 2012, coming on for an injured Berrick Barnes. He scored the winning goal for the match to secure a 25-23 win for the Wallabies.

After missing selection for the Wallabies at the 2015 World Cup, Harris was named in the 39-man squad for the 2016 international series against England.

Super Rugby Statistics[edit]

As of 21 July 2016[7]
Season Team Games Starts Sub Mins Tries Cons Pens Drops Points Yel Red
2011 Reds 8 6 2 498 3 5 3 0 34 1 0
2012 Reds 14 14 0 1037 0 22 34 1 149 0 0
2013 Reds 8 4 4 339 0 3 4 0 18 0 0
2014 Reds 14 14 0 1050 3 12 9 1 69 0 0
2015 Rebels 15 15 0 1131 1 20 26 0 123 0 0
2016 Rebels 5 5 0 202 1 1 1 0 10 0 0
Total 64 58 6 4257 8 63 77 2 403 1 0

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Mike Harris". rugby.com.au. Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Mike Harris player profile". ESPN Scrum.com. 
  3. ^ Horne, Ben (1 August 2012). "Mike Harris wants to tackle All Blacks, SBW". Rugby Heaven. Fairax. Archived from the original on 27 December 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Is Mike Harris rugby's best kicker". 
  5. ^ a b c "Deans adds Kiwis to Wallabies to play Scots". 3 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rabodirect Rebels sign Wallaby Mike Harris". 
  7. ^ "Player Statistics". its rugby. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 

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