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Anthony Boric

At 2.00m tall, 'AB' as he his known to his teammates, is one of the new breed of tall and mobile young loose forwards on the scene.

First selected for the Blues in 2006 he took the lessons from his first year with the team and quickly applied them back in the Air New Zealand Cup. Boric was one of North Harbour's standout players in 2006 and was a key factor in the team's Ranfurly Shield win over Canterbury.

In 2008 Boric would become one of the senior All Blacks locks, playing in ten test matches throughout the year.  His aerial skills were matched by a excellent workrate around the field.

Unfortunately injury would curtail his opportunities in 2009, playing limited games for the Blues in Super Rugby.  He would though feature prominently in the All Blacks end of year tour, with strong performances against the English and France and was again selected for the All Blacks in 2010.

Position:
Lock
Born:
27/12/1983
Physical:
2m, 110kg
Test Debut:
2008 v England
Test Points Breakdown:
2t
Test Points:
10
Caps:
24
Provincial Team:
North Harbour
Provincial Debut:
2005 v Samoa
Provincial Caps:
56
Provincial Points:
15 (3t)
Super Rugby Team:
Blues
Super Rugby Debut:
2006 v Waratahs
Super Rugby Caps:
44

Career Comments

  • • First national team selection was in 2006 when he made the Junior All Blacks team , working his way up the ladder through  North Harbour age-group teams

    • Started the last four matches of the 2005 Air New Zealand NPC campaign for North Harbour, including the Division One semifinal. Also started at lock in the season’s first match, his debut, against Samoa.

    • Nominated as a Promising Player of the Year in the 2006 New Zealand Rugby Almanack.

    • Attended Rosmini College in Takapuna, the same school as former All Blacks lock/flanker Blair Larsen.

    • Has completed three years of a Bachelor of Engineering degree.

Test Match record

(+) subsitute(-) replaced

2008
14 Jun v England at Auckland 37-20 (+)
21 Jun v England at Christchurch 44-12 (+)
12 July v South Africa at Dunedin 28-30
2 Aug v Australia at Auckland 39-10 (+)
17 Aug v South Africa at Capetown 19-0 (+)
3 Sept v Samoa at New Plymouth 101-14
13 Sept v Australia at Brisbane 28-24 (+)
1 Nov v Australia at Hong Kong 19-14 (+)
9 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 32-6
30 Nov v England at London 32-6 (+)

2009
15 Nov v Italy at Milan 20-6
22 Nov v England at London 19-6 (+)
29 Nov v France at Marseilles 39-12 (+)
6 Dec v Barbarians at London 18-25

2010
12 June v Ireland at New Plymouth 66-28
19 June v Wales at Dunedin 42-9 (-)
11 Sept v Australia at Sydney 23-22 (+)
07 Nov v England at London 26-16 (+)
14 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 49-3 (+)
21 Nov vs Ireland at Dublin 38-18
28 Nov vs Wales at Cardiff 37-25 (+) 

2011
9 Sept v Tonga (RWC) at Auckland 41-10 (-)
16 Sept v Japan (RWC) at Hamilton 83-7 (+)
24 Sep v France (RWC) at Auckland 37-17 (+)
2 Oct v Canada (RWC) at Wellington 79-15 (+)