Brad Thorn is that guy: strong and hard on the field and a gentleman off it. A tough man with a fearsome work ethic, Thorn offers a great deal to the younger players in any squad he is in.
His ability in set pieces is outstanding and after more than 150 first-class rugby matches and a lot of top-level rugby league, his commitment and enthusiasm for top-level sport appear undimmed.
After first making a name for himself in seven seasons with the Australian NRL rugby league team the Brisbane Broncos, Brad Thorn crossed codes to rugby union and made his Super Rugby and provincial debut in New Zealand in 2001 He was first selected for the All Blacks at the end of 2001 but famously withdrew so that he could take time to decide on his sporting future.
After taking a year off from sport, he returned to the rugby field and was again selected for the All Blacks in 2003. After a second stint in rugby league from 2005 – 2007, he returned to the All Blacks in 2008 as an elder statesman and has been a mainstay in the second row ever since, playing 13 Tests in 2008, the same again in 2009 and 12 in 2010.
In 2011 he continued to defy Father Time, playing in 14 matches for the Crusaders and being one of the form locks of the Super Rugby competition.
His selection in the 2011 All Blacks was a mere formality.
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• Took up rugby union in 2001 after an illustrious rugby league career that included representing Australia.
• Declined his first opportunity to tour with the All Blacks in 2001.
• Did not play rugby union or league at all in 2002.
• Scored the first try for the All Blacks at Rugby World Cup 2003.
• Returned to union in 2008 after a second stint in rugby league, from 2005 to 2007.