Luke Romano

A consummate lock, with all the skills required to do the job properly, Luke Romano has continued to develop and improve since his provincial debut in 2009.

Romano is a rugged, hard-tackling player noted for his robust defence and ability to apply pressure to opposition jumpers with confident lineout jumping. First named in the All Blacks in 2012, in 2015 he earned five more Test starts, including pool matches against Namibia and Tonga at RWC 2015.

Romano’s All Blacks career started well and he earned 11 caps in his first season with the team, including eight starts. A groin injury in the first Investec Rugby Championship Test of 2013 limited his appearances for the rest of the year and he was to appear only once more in the black jersey that season, against England at Twickenham. A broken ankle then kept him out of the Steinlager Series and Investec Rugby Championship squads for 2014. He returned for the Northern Tour and had a solid 2015 Super Rugby season with the Crusaders.

Extremely powerful, the qualified builder has a pair of the biggest feet in New Zealand rugby (size 17) and shows a burgeoning strength and style of play reminiscent of some of the toughest of the All Blacks tall timber.

He has Italian heritage through his grandfather, which saw him attract the interest of club sides in Italy in his early playing days.

1.99m, 116kg
Test Debut:
v Ireland at Hamilton, 23 June 2012
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Test Match record

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23 June v Ireland at Hamilton 60-0 (-)
18 Aug v Australia at Sydney 27-19 (-)
25 Aug v Australia at Auckland 22-0 (-)
8 Sep v Argentina at Wellington 21-5
15 Sep v South Africa at Dunedin 21-11 (-)
30 Sep v Argentina at La Plata 54-15 (-)
7 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 32-16 (+)
20 Oct v Australia at Brisbane 18-18 (+)
12 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 51-22
15 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 33-10 (-)
2 Dec v England at London 21-38 (+)

8 June v France at Auckland 23-13
15 June v France at Christchurch 30-0
22 June v France at New Plymouth 24-9
17 August v Australia at Sydney 47-29 (-)
17 Nov v England at London 30-22 (+)
15 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 24-16 (+)

8 July v Samoa at Apia 15-16 (-)
17 July v Argentina at Christchurch 39-18 (-)
8 August v Australia at Sydney 19-27 (-)
24 Sep vs Namibia at London 58-14
10 Oct vs Tonga at Newcastle upon Tyne 47-9 (-)

11 Jun v Wales at Auckland 39-21 (-)
25 June v Wales at Dunedin 46-6 (+)
10 September v Argentina 57-22 at Hamilton (+)
17 September v South Africa 41-13 at Christchurch (+)

19 August v Australia at Sydney 54-34
9 September v Argentina at New Plymouth 39-22 (-)
1 October v Argentina at Buenos Aires 36-10
11 November v France at Paris 38-18 (-)
18 November v Scotland 22-17 (-)