THE KEYSTONE of the impressive Crusaders scrum, Corey Flynn has been playing first class rugby in New Zealand since 2001, following his debut for Southland at 20 years of age, and is one of an elite group of Super Rugby centurions as well as Rugby World Cup-winning All Black and senior Maori All Black, representing the Kai Tahu iwi.
A master of all the rake’s requirements, Flynn has had an impressive representative career that began in 1997 with his selection for New Zealand Under 16, followed by inclusion in New Zealand Secondary Schools, New Zealand Under 19, New Zealand Colts, New Zealand Maori and the Junior All Blacks.
Flynn's breakthrough year was 2002 – after having captained Southland the previous year, he moved north to Christchurch and made his debut for the Crusaders that year, also turning out for New Zealand Maori and the New Zealand Under 21 side.
A broken arm disrupted his career in 2003, but he recovered in time to be selected in the All Blacks World Cup squad. Injury again plagued his season for the Crusaders in 2004, but again he recovered to be selected for the All Blacks end-of-year tour to Europe.
Flynn put a frustrating recent couple of years behind him with injuries when in 2009 he again earned selection in the All Blacks, playing in two tests and the Barbarians match.
In 2010 he again missed periods of the Super 14, but impressed enough to earn All Blacks selection for the team's Centenary and earned an All Blacks recall for the Investec Tri Nations but missed selection for the end of year tour due to a calf injury.
A barnstorming Investec Super Rugby season with the Crusaders in their earthquake-disrupted season led to Flynn being named in the All Blacks. He played the last of his Tests in that black jersey at Rugby World Cup 2011.
A natural leader, Flynn has captained Canterbury and the Crusaders, as well as the Junior All Blacks.
Flynn’s rise to the top follows in the footsteps of his father who played for Southland, his uncle, Robbie Flynn, who played Tests for the United States and nephew Aaron Flynn who played for the Crusaders from 1998-2000.
17/10/2003 v Canada at Melbourne (RWC)
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2001 v Otago (Southland)
78 (61 Canterbury, 17 Southland)
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