Ngapuhi’s Blade Thomson was called into the Maori All Blacks for the first time for the 2013 North America Tour and he featured in both matches. He earned selection again in 2014, securing a starting spot in the two games against Japan on the back of solid performances for Taranaki in the ITM Cup, including six tries in the regular season.
Thomson’s versatility and ability to cover lock and loose forward appealed to the selectors – while his impressive height makes him another lineout option. He routinely displays a high work rate around the park as well as some nice touches with the ball.
Thomson made his first class debut as a teenager for Taranaki and was part of the New Zealand Schools team in 2008. He has won a Junior World Championship with New Zealand Under 20. He made his Investec Super Rugby debut in 2013 for the Hurricanes after being part of the wider training group in 2012, and has gone on to become an integral part of the squad.
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