Jason Shoemark

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Jason Shoemark
Full name Jason Shoemark
Date of birth (1981-02-05) 5 February 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Whangarei, New Zealand
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 92 kg (14 st 7 lb) [1]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010–14 Exeter Chiefs 75 (20)
Correct as of 23 June 2014
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Hawke’s Bay
Hawke’s Bay
Correct as of 24 October 2014
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)

Jason Shoemark (born 5 February 1981 in Whangarei, New Zealand) is a professional rugby union player who serves as a centre for the Hawke’s Bay in the ITM Cup.

Playing career[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

Shoemark made his provincial debut for Northland while still a teenager and quickly made a name for himself, emerging as a key player for the Taniwha. By 2002, he received a Super Rugby contract with the Blues, making 5 appearances and scoring a try. However, his opportunies were more limited with the Blues in 2003, as he was limited to just a single substitute appearance.

Looking to jumpstart his career, Shoemark moved south in 2004 to join Otago and the Highlanders. However, he never really hit form with Otago in two seasons with the province, and while he was included in the Highlanders squad for the 2005 Super 12 season, he made only 5 substitute appearances.

Shoemark moved back north in 2006, signing with Hawke's Bay, but was ruled out of the 2006 Air New Zealand Cup after suffering a serious neck injury. Back healthy the following year, Shoemark finally began to realize his potential, scoring 6 tries from 12 starts for the Magpies in the 2007 Air New Zealand Cup. After another stellar season in 2008 during which he scoring another 6 tries, he was called back into the Highlanders squad.

Shoemark's second stint with the Highlanders proved much more fruitful than the first, as he earned a starting spot with the club and played some of the finest rugby of his career. He started all 13 matches, scored 3 tries, and earned a call-up to the All Blacks later in the year. In 2010, Shoemark wasn't able to maintain the level of form from the previous season, although he remained a reliable regular starter. He also served as a fill-in captain and also vice-captain.[2]

Now serving as team captain, Shoemark continued his strong play for Hawke's Bay in the 2010 ITM Cup, and celebrated his 50th appearance for the club with a try in a win over Taranaki on 25 September.

Shoemark returned to Hawke's Bay for the 2014 ITM Cup, making 10 appearances for the Magpies.

Exeter Chiefs[edit]

On 15 July 2010 it was announced that he would be joining newly promoted Exeter Chiefs of the Aviva Premiership at the end of the ITM Cup campaign. Shoemark made 16 appearances for the Chiefs in his first season with the club, scoring one try.

After four seasons with Exeter, Shoemark returned to New Zealand following the 2013-14 campaign.

International career[edit]

In 2009 Shoemark was a late inclusion on the All Blacks European Tour, after Tamati Ellison was ruled out with ligament damage. However, he remains a 'nearly' All Black as he never took the field in a game.


  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby - Exeter Chiefs". web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Savory, Logan (23 April 2009). "Stormer's game a must win - Shoemark". The Southland Times. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 

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