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Anton Lienert-Brown

Called into the All Blacks squad for the 2016 Investec Rugby Championship as an injury replacement for Sonny Bill Williams, dynamic mid-fielder Anton Lienert Brown has been rewarded for his consistent form for the Chiefs during the 2016 Investec Super Rugby season. 

After debuting for the Chiefs in 2014 in the unfamiliar role of wing, Lienert-Brown secured a starting position in the Chiefs midfield in 2016 and quickly established himself as one of team’s key performers.

Across 14 performances for the Chiefs at second five-eighth in 2016, Lienert-Brown was a key cog in the Chiefs attacking wheel which reaped a club record 76 team tries. While his line breaking and distribution skills were impressive, it was also on defence where Lienert-Brown shone with his quick line speed shutting down opposition attackers.

Lienert-Brown first rose to prominence at First Fifteen level for Christchurch Boy’s High School before being selected in the New Zealand Under 20 side in 2014 and 2015.

Secondary School: Christchurch Boys' High School
Club team: Waikato University
Academy: Waikato
Studying or work outside rugby: Studying Sports & Leisure
Other sports: Touch and Volleyball


Instagram handle: anton_lb

Favourite Rugby ground: Rugby Park (Christchurch)

Favourite rugby player and why: Sonny Bill Williams - great athete and person

Earliest or best rugby memories: Playing Under 5s for Marist Albion

Biggest influence on your rugby and why: Dad, because he always supported me and told me to train hard

On your itunes /iphone playlist: Rudimental- Not giving in

Favourite non-rugby sports team: The Black Caps

Sporting hero: Michael Jordan

I hate it when…Don't hate; appreciate!

I can’t live without….. My phone

If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be…. I have no idea!

Updated August 2016

Second Five-Eighths
Test Debut:
v Australia at Wellington 27 August 2016
Test Points Breakdown:
1 T
Test Points:
Provincial Team:

Career Comments

Test Match record

(+) subsitute (-) replaced

27 August v Australia at Wellington 29-9 (-)
10 September v Argentina at Hamilton 57-22 (+)
17 September v South Africa at Christchurch 41-13 (+)
1 October v Argentina at Buenos Aires 36-17
9 October v South Africa at Durban 57-15