Isaac Ross made his debut for New Zealand Maori at the 2007 Churchill Cup, continuing a proud family tradition of wearing the black jersey.
One of three sons of the former Mid Canterbury All Black Jock Ross to have made their mark on the representative scene, Isaac Ross advanced quickly along the rugby development pathway after finishing at Timaru Boys' High School by making the New Zealand Under 19 and then Under 21 teams.
While his father played five matches for the All Blacks in 1981, his mother is also a former New Zealand rugby representative. Christine Ross was capped five times by the national women's team between 1989 and 1996, scoring 52 points in those matches.
Ross continued his rise through the New Zealand rugby ranks with All Blacks selection in 2009, featuring in eight tests all up.
He was not selected for the All Blacks end of year tour, after being advised by coach Graham Henry to bulk up to the rigours of test rugby.
He had a solid season with the Crusaders in 2010, but was one of a host of excellent locks in the side, including Brad Thorn, Chris Jack and Sam Whitelock.
Narrowly missing out on the first test squad, he was nonetheless rewarded with selection in the New Zealand Maori in 2010.
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