Not the biggest New Zealand has produced, Cory Jane uses his trademark sidestep and powerful fend to devastating effect. His guile, chip kicking and ability to turn up unexpectedly across the paddock also unsettles the opposition and he is useful defensively, with a strong tackle and a safe pair of hands.
In 2014, Jane earned seven starts and came off the bench against the Springboks in Wellington. He also brought up his 50th Test for the All Blacks in the 51-20 win over the Wallabies in Auckland.
Man of the match in the All Blacks thrilling RWC 2011 semifinal against the Wallabies, Cory Jane shows all of the hallmarks of a great winger: seering pace, dazzling footwork, reliability under the high ball and solid defence.
Upper Hutt’s first All Black made his Test debut in the first offshore Bledisloe Cup Test in Hong Kong in 2008. His selection continued a national representative career which included a rugby sevens gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Jane seems to have been on the New Zealand rugby scene for a long time but despite making his provincial debut in 2003, he is still only 25 and has already played for New Zealand Maori and Junior All Black sides.
After starring in New Zealand’s Commonwealth Games Gold medal win in 2006 he made his Rebel Sport Super 14 debut for the Hurricanes the following year and also went on to top a century of points for the Wellington Lions and win their Player of the Year Award.
Usually at fullback but also seen on the wing, Jane’s pace and ability to beat a marker makes him a dangerous attacker and he is often the source for the tries run in by his outsides.
He made a welcome return to the All Blacks during 2013’s year-end Tour after a year-long injury. He was in great form for the Hurricanes and All Blacks in 2014 with his trademark sidestepping very much in evidence. In August 2014 he played his 50th Test against the Wallabies in Auckland – the same side he debuted against in 2008.
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2003 v Otago
81 (14t, 4c, 1p)
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- He scored three tries in his first five matches playing for the Hurricanes in the Rebel Sport Super 14 in 2007.