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Liam Messam

As a skilled ball-runner and abrasive loose forward Liam Messam has had a massive workload over the last few seasons, his form earning him the Tom French Memorial Trophy for Maori Player of the Year in 2013.

Persistence and hard work paid off for Messam, who had limited opportunities in his first five seasons, earning just nine Tests heading into 2012, despite frequently being named in All Blacks squads. However, opportunity presented itself and Messam was determined to make the most of it. He has now amased 45 Test caps since his debut in 2008, many in the number six jersey, where his speed and committed defence have proved invaluable.

He had an action-packed and varied 2010 as a member of New Zealand’s Commonwealth Games Sevens team in Delhi (as well as a gold medal-winner in Melbourne in 2006), and like Hosea Gear, also a member - and captain - of the New Zealand Maori team.

He has a huge physical presence around the park, whether in possession or on defence and is versatile enough to play all three loose forward positions.

He is served well by his Sevens skills, often linking well with his backs or getting over the tryline himself.

Messam spends his time away from rugby playing golf, surfing and watching gridiron.

Player
Position:
Loose Forward
Born:
25/03/1984
Physical:
1.90m; 108kg
Test Debut:
v Scotland in Edinburgh 2008
Test Points Breakdown:
6t
Test Points:
30
Caps:
45
Provincial Team:
Waikato
Provincial Debut:
2003 v Italy
Provincial Caps:
82
Provincial Points:
148 (29t, 1dg)
Super Rugby Team:
Chiefs
Super Rugby Debut:
2006 v Sharks
Super Rugby Caps:
79

Career Comments

  • • Won a Commonwealth Games gold medal for Sevens.
    • Played in every game for the Chiefs and Waikato in 2007 and 2008.
    • Has represented New Zealand at 21 Sevens Tournaments, and captained the Champion sides in 2004 and 2005.
    • Was the leading forward try scorer in New Zealand first class rugby in 2006, with 15 tries.
    • New Zealand Sevens Player of the Year 2004

Test Match record

(+) subsitute (-) replaced

2008
9 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 32-6 (-)
19 Nov v Munster at Limerick 18-16

2009
13 June v France at Dunedin 22-27
15 Nov v Italy at Milan 20-6
6 Dec v Barbarians at London 18-25 (-)

2010
10 July v South Africa at Auckland 32-12 (+)
17 July v South Africa at Wellington 31-17 (+)
14 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 49-3

2011
22 July v Fiji at Dunedin 60-14 (-)
30 July v South Africa at Wellington 40-7 (+)
21 Aug v South Africa at Port Elizabeth 5-18 (-)

2012
23 June v Ireland at Hamilton 60-0
18 Aug v Australia at Sydney 27-19
25 Aug v Australia at Auckland 22-0 (-)
8 Sep v Argentina at Wellington 21-5 (+)
15 Sep v South Africa at Dunedin 21-11
30 Sep v Argentina at La Plata 54-15
7 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 32-16 (-)
20 Oct v Australia at Brisbane 18-18 (-)
18 Nov v Italy at Rome 42-10
15 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 33-10 (-)
2 Dec v England at London 21-38 (-)

2013
8 June v France at Auckland 23-13 15 June v France at Christchurch 30-0 (-)
14 Sept v South Africa at Auckland 29-15 (-)
28 Sep v Argentina at La Plata 33-15 (-)
5 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 38-27 (-)
19 Oct v Australia at Dunedin 41-33 (-)
10 Oct v France at Paris 26-19
17 Nov v England at London 30-22 (-)
25 Nov v Ireland at Dublin 24-22 (+)

2014
7 June v England at Auckland 20-15 (-)
14 June v England at Dunedin 28-27 (-)
21 Jun vs England at Hamilton 36-13 (+)
23 Aug v Australia at Auckland 51-20 (-)
6 Sept v Argentina at Napier 28-9 (-)
5 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 25-27 (+)
18 Oct v Australia at Brisbane 29-28 (-)
1 Nov v USA at Chicago (+)
8 Nov v England at London 24-21 (+)
15 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 24-16 (+)
22 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 34-16 (+)

2015
17 July v Argentina at Christchurch 39-18 (+)
25 July v South Africa at Johannesburg 27-20 (-)
10 Oct vs Tonga at Newcastle upon Tyne 47-9 (+)