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Brad Thorn

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.

Position:
Lock
Born:
03/02/1975
Physical:
1.96m, 116kg
Test Debut:
21/06/2003
Test Points Breakdown:
4t
Test Points:
20
Caps:
59
Provincial Team:
Canterbury
Provincial Debut:
2001 v Buller
Provincial Caps:
31
Provincial Points:
20 (4t)
Super Rugby Team:
Crusaders
Super Rugby Debut:
2001 v Brumbies
Super Rugby Caps:
92

Career Comments

  • • 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.

Test Match record

(+) subsitute(-) replaced

(+) = substitute; (-) = replaced

2003
21 Jun v Wales at Hamilton 55-3 (+)
28 Jun v France at Christchurch 31-23 (+)
19 Jul v South Africa at Pretoria 52-16 (+)
26 Jul v Australia at Sydney 50-21 (+)
9 Aug v South Africa at Dunedin 19-11 (-)
11 Oct v Italy at Melbourne 70-7
17 Oct v Canada at Melbourne 68-6
24 Oct v Tonga at Brisbane 91-7
2 Nov v Wales at Sydney 53-37
8 Nov v South Africa at Melbourne 29-9 (+)
15 Nov v Australia at Sydney 10-22 (+)
20 Nov v France at Sydney 40-13 (+)

2008
7 June v Ireland at Wellington 21-11
14 June v England at Auckland 37-20 (-)
21 June v England at Christchurch 44-12
5 July v South Africa at Wellington 19-8
26 July v Australia at Sydney 19-34
2 Aug v Australia at Auckland 39-10 (-)
17 Aug v South Africa at Capetown 19-0 (-)
13 Sept v Australia at Brisbane 28-24 (-)
1 Nov v Australia at Hong Kong 19-14 (-)
16 Nov v Ireland at Dublin 22-3
19 Nov v Munster at Limerick 18-16 (+)
23 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 29-9
30 Nov v England at London 32-6 (-)

2009
13 June v France at Dunedin 22-27
20 June v France at Wellington 14-10
27 June v Italy at Christchurch 27-6
18 July v Australia at Auckland 22-16
26 July v South Africa at Bloemfontain 19-2
2 Aug v South Africa at Durban 19-31
22 Aug v Australia at Sydney 19-18
12 Sept v South Africa at Hamilton 29-32
19 Sept v Australia at Wellington 33-6
31 Oct v Australia at Tokyo 32-19
8 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 19-12
22 Nov v England at London 19-6
29 Nov v France at Marseilles 39-12 (-)

2010
12 June v Ireland at New Plymouth 66-28 (-)
19 June v Wales at Dunedin 42-9
26 Jun v Wales at Hamilton 29-10
10 July v South Africa at Auckland 32-12
17 July v South Africa at Wellington 31-17
31 July v Australia at Melbourne 49-28
7 Aug v Australia at Christchurch 20-10
22 Aug v South Africa at Johannesburg 29-22
11 Sept v Australia at Sydney 23-22
30 Oct v Australia at Hong Kong 24-26
07 Nov v England at London 26-16
14 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 49-3 (-)
28 Nov vs Wales at Cardiff 37-25

2011
6 Aug v Australia at Auckland 30-14
27 Aug v Australia at Brisbane 20-25
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 (+)
10 Oct v Argentina (RWC) at Auckland 33-10
16 Oct v Australia (RWC) at Auckland 20-6
23 Oct v France (RWC final) at Auckland 8-7