Nic Groom

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Nic Groom
Full name Nicholas James Groom
Date of birth (1990-02-21) 21 February 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth King William's Town, South Africa
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Weight 81 kg (12 st 11 lb)
School Rondebosch Boys' High School
University University of Cape Town
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-Half
Current team Northampton Saints
Youth Career
2008–2011 Western Province
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010–2011 UCT Ikey Tigers 8 (5)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011–2015 Western Province 69 (50)
2011–2016 Stormers 57 (25)
2016–present Northampton Saints 20 (10)
Correct as of 10 March 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016 South Africa 'A' 1 (0)
Correct as of 10 March 2017

Nicholas James Groom (born (1990-02-21)21 February 1990) is a South African rugby union footballer. He plays as a scrum-half for Northampton Saints in the English Premiership.

In 2013, he signed a contract tying him to the Western Province and Stormers until the end of 2015.[1]

Career[edit]

A winner of the Varsity Cup with UCT in 2011, Groom received a swift call up to the Stormers side at the tail-end of the Super Rugby season to replace the injured Dewaldt Duvenhage and Ricky Januarie and he made a couple of substitute appearances. The next 18 months were to see him limited to Western Province appearances and he was a Currie Cup winner with the Streeptruie in 2012. 2013 saw the departure of Duvenhage and Groom was now in a one-on-one fight with Louis Schreuder for the Stormers and Province number 9 jersey and as a result he saw much more game time.He was a Currie Cup runner up in 2013 and he largely had to make do with appearances from the substitutes bench as Schreuder stole a march in the battle to be first choice scrum-half. However, he was to become a Currie Cup winner again in 2014, this time against the Golden Lions in a season which had seen him edge ahead of Louis Schreuder both at Super Rugby level where he started 12 of 16 games in a tough campaign and also domestically where he started 7 of 9 games and scored 1 try in the process.

He signed a contract to join English Premiership side Northampton Saints at the end of the 2016 Super Rugby season and has since become a regular started for the Midlands side.[2]

International rugby[edit]

On 28 May 2016, Groom was included in a 31-man South Africa squad for their three-test match series against a touring Ireland team.[3] After training with the national team for a few days, he joined the South Africa 'A' squad for their two-match series against a touring England Saxons team.[4] He was named in the starting line-up for their first match in Bloemfontein,[5] but ended on the losing side as the visitors ran out 32–24 winners.[6]

Super Rugby Statistics[edit]

As of 21 June 2015
Season Team Games Starts Sub Mins Tries Cons Pens Drops Points Yel Red
2011 Stormers 2 0 2 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 Stormers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 Stormers 9 4 5 371 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
2014 Stormers 16 12 4 924 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 Stormers 16 13 3 955 2 0 0 0 10 1 0
Total 43 29 14 2285 3 0 0 0 15 1 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Catrakilis en Groom mik hoog in 2014". Media24 (in Afrikaans). Beeld. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "DHL Stormers to bid Groom farewell" (Press release). Stormers. 2 May 2016. Archived from the original on 2 May 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Squad of 31 ushers in new era of Springbok rugby". South African Rugby Union. 28 May 2016. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Ackermann to coach SA 'A' against Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 28 May 2016. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Youth and experience for SA 'A' opener against Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 8 June 2016. Archived from the original on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa "A" 24-32 England Saxons". South African Rugby Union. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016. 

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