Stephen Brett

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Stephen Brett
USO-AB - 20131221 - Stephen Brett 1.jpg
Date of birth (1985-11-23) 23 November 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Waiouru, New Zealand
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 85 kg (13 st 5 lb)
School Christchurch Boys' High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half, Centre
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011–2013
2013-2014
2014-
Toyota Verblitz
Bayonne
Lyon
9
?
20
(80)
?
(102)
Correct as of 11 April 2015
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005-2011 Canterbury 44 (???)
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006–2009
2010-2011
Crusaders
Blues
39
31
(164)
(191)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010 New Zealand Maori ()

Stephen Brett (born 23 November 1985) is a New Zealand rugby union player who plays for Lyon in the Top 14 competition.

Career[edit]

Brett is a versatile back whose preferred position is first five-eighth, although he can also play second five-eighth and fullback. He is the stepson of former Canterbury and New Zealand center Victor Simpson.[citation needed] He has worked on improving his goal kicking and defensive skills, which have led some to suggest Brett's primary weakness is in his defence, thus impeding his progress to higher levels.[1][2]

Super 14[edit]

Brett made his Super Rugby debut in 2006 for the Crusaders but had to wait until the following season to make his mark. With regular first-five Daniel Carter being unavailable for much of the season due to the World Cup conditioning program, Brett seized his chance in the number 10 jersey and finished 2007 as the Crusader's top scorer with 90 points. He continued his good form into the 2008 competition, scoring a try and picking up the Man of the Match award in the Crusaders brilliant 54–19 victory over reigning champions the Bulls in Pretoria,[3] before breaking his collarbone in a 55–7 win against the Cheetahs; the injury sidelined Brett for around six weeks.[4] He was signed by the Blues for the 2010 and 2011 seasons,[5]

Japan[edit]

On 29 July 2011, Brett left New Zealand to join Japanese club Toyota Verblitz in the Top League on a two-year contract.[6]

France[edit]

On 22 April 2013, Brett left Japan to sign for Bayonne in the French Top 14 from the start of the 2013-14 season.[7] On 17 April 2014, Brett left Bayonne as he signed for another French side, Lyon in the Top 14 on a two-year contract from the 2014-15 season.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barclay, Chris (1 February 2007). "Rugby: Brett stepping out of the shadows". nzherald.co.nz. Retrieved 1 February 2007. 
  2. ^ "How good is Stephen Brett?". Sportal Forums. Archived from the original on 5 May 2009. Retrieved 27 March 2008. 
  3. ^ "Bulls collapse at home". Planet-Rugby.com. 22 February 2008. Archived from the original on 29 March 2008. Retrieved 27 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "Brett faces six weeks with 'significant' injury". rugbyheaven07.com.au. 17 March 2008. Retrieved 27 March 2008. [dead link]
  5. ^ Johnstone, Duncan (11 November 2009). "Super 14 squads name for 2010". Stuff.co.nz. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Stephen Brett join Toyota Verblitz in Japan". Stuff.co.nz. 29 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Stephen Brett spearheads into Bayonne France". Sky Sports. 22 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Lyon sign Bayonne fly-half Stephen Brett from next season". Planet Rugby. 17 April 2014. Archived from the original on 30 July 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • [ Profile on Blues website]