A senior in the Highlanders after debuting in 2001, Blackie has been one of the outstanding openside flankers in New Zealand for the past three years. He has played for New Zealand Under 21, where he started ahead of current All Black Richie McCaw. Blackie was brought into the NZ Sevens squad in 2006 to sure up its Commonwealth Games campaign and played an integral part in its gold-winning performance. New Zealand Representative Teams Junior All Blacks in 2005 New Zealand Sevens in 2002–2006 New Zealand Barbarians in 2003 New Zealand Under 21 in 1999, 2000 Career Notes • Scored a try for the Junior All Blacks against Australia A at Canberra in June 2005 in the second of his two appearances. • Played for New Zealand Barbarians against England at Twickenham 2003. • Was equal leading try-scorer for the Highlanders in the 2005 Rebel Sport Super 12. • In 2003, was the leading forward try-scorer in New Zealand with 10 for the season, including two against Auckland in the Air New Zealand NPC First Division semifinal. • Has represented New Zealand at more than a dozen Sevens tournaments.
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Below figures correct at beginning of the 2007 rugby calendar: Provincial Caps 73 Provincial Points 115 (23t) Provincial Debut 1999 v Southland Super 14 Caps 45 Super 14 Points 40 (8t) Super 14 Debut 2001 v Cats