An exciting attacking option and imposing force in the lineout, Brodie Retallick has established himself as a key member of the All Blacks lineout with his power, mobility and aerial skills complementing his athleticism and rugged defence.
The towering lock was a key member of the Rugby World Cup winning All Blacks team in 2015, carrying on the form that saw him named World Rugby Player of the Year in 2014 after an impressive season. He scored his second try against France in the RWC 2015 quarterfinal and was the only player from the tight five to score in the nine-try win.
Originally, from the North Canterbury town of Amberley, Retallick shifted north to Hawke's Bay in 2010 and has followed a development path taken by many of his All Blacks squad mates: he was part of the New Zealand Under 20 side that won the Junior World Championship in Italy in 2011.
Retallick then made his Investec Super Rugby debut season with the 2012 Super Rugby-winning Chiefs, energising their set pieces and proving himself as an outstanding player around the field before doing the same in the All Blacks jersey.
Rugby runs in the family: his uncle John Ashworth is a former All Blacks prop and cousin Culum Retallick has also played Super Rugby.
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Hawke’s Bay ITM Cup team (2010)
Canterbury Metro Under 18 (2009,2008)
Rugby ground: Christchurch Boy’s High School Number 1 field
Rugby player and why: Chris Jack, because he was my role model as a kid
Book: Harry Potter
Singer/Band/Music type: ACDC and rock
Holiday destination: Gold Coast
Non-rugby sports team: Warriors
If you could meet one person, who would it be and why: Kobe Bryant so I could see how he handles the pressure
Earliest rugby memories: Playing under 8s rugby for Amberley
I hate it when….
I can’t live without…..A car
If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be….A basketballer