Scott Hamilton (rugby union)

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Scott Hamilton
Scott Elliot Hamilton (cropped).jpg
Full name Scott Elliot Hamilton
Date of birth (1980-03-04) 4 March 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Christchurch, New Zealand
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 100 kg (15 st 10 lb) [1]
School Christchurch Boys High School
Occupation(s) Professional rugby union footballer
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing, Fullback
New Zealand No. 1067
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Leicester Tigers
Coventry RFC
145 (165)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2002–2007 Canterbury ()
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2003–2008 Crusaders 57 (105)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006 New Zealand 2 (5)
Correct as of 22 January 2007

Scott Elliot Hamilton (born 4 March 1980 in Christchurch, New Zealand) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer.[2] He was a player-coach at Coventry RFC[3][4] in SSE National League 1. He previously played for the Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership, Crusaders in Super Rugby and Canterbury in the NPC. He can play both on the wing or at fullback.

Unlike many of his peers, Hamilton did not feature in age group teams in his development years. In fact, while at school at Christchurch Boys High School, Hamilton could not make his first XV, instead playing in the third XV. However, with his skill set, and at the end of the Crusaders and Canterbury backlines, it was considered by most rugby pundits to be a formality that he would eventually go on to higher honours – a point alluded to by his nickname FABSH (Future All Black Scott Hamilton).[citation needed] Indeed, it was a surprise to many that it took as long as it did for him to be named in the All Black squad for the first time. He was named in the All Blacks squad to play Ireland.[5] All Blacks coach Graham Henry said of Hamilton's All Black selection, "We like the way he anticipates, he's got a good feel for the game in the back three. He reads the play well. He's got a huge work rate and he's deserved of selection".[6]

Due to an injury to All Black wing Sitiveni Sivivatu, Hamilton was promoted from the bench of the 2006 mid-year series against Ireland, to the starting 15 for the Argentina test. This was Hamilton's All Black début, and he celebrated it by scoring a match winning try in the second half.

Hamilton signed a contract with Leicester Tigers in 2008.[7][8]

After joining Coventry on loan in February 2015,[9] Hamilton signed permanently for the 2015–16 season.[10][11]

He also plays cricket at Kibworth CC.


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