Young lock James Ryan is a promising player who came on in leaps and bounds in 2005, culminating in his Test debut in the All Blacks’ win over Fiji at Albany. Ryan was a stand-out player in the All Blacks’ first Test of the 2005 season with his strong aerial play and several good runs with the ball in hand. He impressed throughout his 2005 debut Rebel Sport Super 12 season with the Highlanders, with accuracy at the set piece and a high work-rate, and scored his first Super 12 try in the Highlanders’ win over the Sharks. His 2006 Super 14 season was cut short after round six with a shoulder injury. However he returned to the Otago Air New Zealand Cup team later that year and then made the All Blacks tour to France and the UK. Now with nine All Blacks Tests to his name Ryan will look to continue his form and press for Rugby World Cup selection later in 2007.
2005 v Fiji at Albany
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2005 Nov 27 v Fiji at Albany 91-0 Jul 9 v British & Irish Lions at Auckland 38-19 (+) Aug 13 v Australia at Sydney 30-13 (+) Aug 27 v South Africa at Dunedin 31-27 (+) Sep 3 v Australia at Auckland 34-24 (+) Nov 5 v Wales at Cardiff 41-3 (-) Nov 26 v Scotland at Edinburgh 29-10 (-) 2006 Nov 12 v France at Lyon 47-3 Nov 26 v Wales at Cardiff 45-10 (+) Below figures correct at beginning of the 2007 rugby calendar: Provincial Caps 19 Provincial Points 5 (1t) Provincial Debut 2002 v Marlborough Super 14 Caps 19 Super 14 Points 5 (1t) Super 14 Debut 2005 v Blues