Stan Wright (rugby union)
|Full name||Stanley Wright|
|Date of birth||September 29, 1978|
|Place of birth||Rarotonga, Cook Islands|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1.5 in)|
|Weight||131 kg (20 st 8 lb, 288 lb)|
|Notable relative(s)||Poila Wright (Mama Tuki)|
|Rugby union career|
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.
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.
Stan was appointed Forwards coach for the amateur Irish Rugby team, Suttonians RFC, for the 2009-2010 season.
In 2011, Stan was the highest paid athlete from the Cook Islands.
- Formerly known as Celtic League / Magners League
- Formerly known as Heineken European Cup