Stan Wright (rugby union)

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Stan Wright
Stan Wright Stade francais 2013-04-19.jpg
Full name Stanley Wright
Date of birth (1978-09-29) September 29, 1978 (age 38)
Place of birth Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1.5 in)
Weight 131 kg (20 st 8 lb, 288 lb)[1]
School Tereora College
Notable relative(s) Poila Wright (Mama Tuki)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Current team Retired
Youth Career
  Whangarei Marist, Auckland Marist
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Stade Français
RC Narbonne
Correct as of 05 March 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
  Cook Islands 9 9

Stan Wright (born 29 September 1978) is a retired Cook Islands international rugby union player, who played in the prop position for Leinster, Blues and Stade Français.[2][3]

Playing career[edit]

Stan's played for clubs such as the Marist Club in Whangarei, and for Northland in the Air New Zealand Cup were he played alongside Fijian flyer, Rupeni Caucaunibuca. He was also part of the Auckland Blues squad for the 2006 Super 14 season, however, he was forced to withdraw due to injury.

Wright joined Irish side Leinster in December 2006 as an injury replacement for Will Green, after he was recommended to the club by Auckland scrum coach Mike Casey, who was a friend of the then Leinster forwards coach, Mike Brewer. Wright proved himself to be a successful scrummager and eventually nailed himself down as the first choice prop for the club.

The following season, Stanley helped Leinster to their 2nd Mangers League title win, with a number of impressive performances in the front row, he was rewarded for this by being selected in the '07/08 League Dream Team', along with six other players from Leinster. Wright won the IRUPA Sports 'Unsung Hero' award for his performances in the 2008-09 Magners League season.[citation needed]

Stanley won the 2009 and 2011 Heineken Cup with Leinster, before moving on to French side Stade Français. He was extremely popular with the Leinster supporters and he earned the nickname 'Cookie Monster' because of his home nation, the Cook Islands.[citation needed]

Coaching career[edit]

Stan was appointed Forwards coach for the amateur Irish Rugby team, Suttonians RFC, for the 2009-2010 season.

In 2016, Stanley was hired as coach of the under 20's Cook Islands Rugby team.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Stan's mother, Poila Wright (Mama Tuki) was awarded an OBE in 2007.[5]

In 2011, Stan was the highest paid athlete from the Cook Islands.[6]



Personal Honours[edit]


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  1. ^ Formerly known as Celtic League / Magners League
  2. ^ Formerly known as Heineken European Cup