Adam Thomson (rugby union)
Adam Thomson (born 13 March 1982) is a New Zealand rugby union player. He represented the New Zealand All Blacks between 2008 and 2012, playing a total of 29 tests including two during the victorious 2011 Rugby World Cup campaign. He played for the Melbourne Rebels in 2016, having also played Super Rugby with the Queensland Reds (2015) and Highlanders (2006-2012). He has also represented the Canon Eagles in Japan's Top League and New Zealand province Otago.
|Birth name||Adam Thomson|
|Date of birth||13 March 1982|
|Place of birth||Ashburton, New Zealand|
|Height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||112 kg (17 st 9 lb)|
|School||Christchurch Boys' High School|
|Rugby union career|
Thomson plays mainly as a blind-side flanker (number 6). He made his All Blacks debut against Ireland as a replacement for Rodney So'oialo on 7 June 2008, helped win the World Cup in 2011, and last played for the All Blacks against Scotland in November 2012.
- 1 Early life and New Zealand representative teams
- 2 Otago
- 3 2006, 2008-12: Highlanders
- 4 2008-12: All Blacks
- 5 2013-14: Canon Eagles (Japan)
- 6 2015: Return to Super Rugby - Reds and Rebels (Australia)
- 7 2016 return to Canon Eagles and illness
- 8 Nicknames and signature try celebration
- 9 Super Rugby Statistics
- 10 References
Early life and New Zealand representative teamsEdit
As he progressed through national rugby sides he played for:
Thomson made his debut for Otago on 17 September 2004 when he started against Waikato. Thomson played four matches (all losses) in 2004, starting in all of them. In 2005 he played in five matches, starting only once.
2006 saw Thomson move to number 8 where he played five matches, including try-scoring appearances in the 56–21 win over North Harbour, and against Southland. In 2007 Thomson moved back to flanker and started in all his nine matches, scoring three tries.
By the time he left New Zealand for the 2013 season, Thomson had played 50 games for Otago, scoring 13 tries (65 points).
2006, 2008-12: HighlandersEdit
In 2008 Thomson was recalled. He began as a substitute, but played so well that midway through the season he'd become the team's top choice flanker. He played in twelve matches, scored five tries (including one in the victory over the Crusaders), and ultimately made the All Blacks squad that year.
Thomson remained at the Highlanders until he left New Zealand at the end of 2012. He finished as the Highlanders' second-highest try-scorer with 21, behind only Jeff Wilson (35). Thomson scored 6 tries in each of his last two seasons with the team, including a three-try match against the Rebels in 2012.
2008-12: All BlacksEdit
Thomson was selected for the All Blacks in June 2008, making the squad ahead of Kieran Read, who was also waiting to debut in test rugby. The same squad contested the Iveco test series (against Ireland and England) and the 2008 Tri-Nations. Thomson debuted off the bench against Ireland when he replaced Rodney So'oialo. He then started in the second test against England.
In 2009 he started the international season at openside flanker, filling in for captain Richie McCaw, before breaking his thumb 30 minutes into the game. Thomson was side-lined for the better half of the season before making his comeback against Australia in the final Tri-Nations match, playing at blindside flanker. He was the fastest player over 40m in the All Blacks squad of 2009.
Thomson was a member of the victorious 2011 Rugby World Cup squad.
2013-14: Canon Eagles (Japan)Edit
On 1 November 2014, Thomson played for the Barbarians, scoring a try against Australia at Twickenham stadium in London.
2015: Return to Super Rugby - Reds and Rebels (Australia)Edit
In 2015 Thomson returned to Super Rugby with the Queensland Reds. He played 15 matches in the season, finishing as the team's top tackler and the competition's second-most prolific winner of opposition lineouts.
2016 return to Canon Eagles and illnessEdit
In 2016 Thomson resigned with Japan's Canon Eagles for the 2016-17 season. In late 2017, Thomson was hospitalised with a mystery illness, later found to be lumbar discitis. Thomson was in hospital for two months before being released.
Nicknames and signature try celebrationEdit
He is known by fans as the "wooly mammoth" due to his size and hair. He is also known as "Blond Cena" due to his interest in wrestling and his try celebration of "You can't see me", a signature taunt/gimmick by John Cena.He is also known as the White simoane.
Super Rugby StatisticsEdit
- As of 20 July 2016
- Adam Thomson at AllBlacks.com
- "Adam Thomson (profile)". Rugby Heaven. Fairfax (stuff.co.nz). Retrieved 20 July 2015.
- Palenski, Ron (2014). The All Blackography: The indispensable guide to every All Black. Auckland, New Zealand: Upstart Press. p. 508. ISBN 978-1-927262-16-0.
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- "Otago not dwelling on Shield defence". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
- "Otago overcome Southland in Shield defence". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
- "For the record". The Highlanders. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
- "All Blacks squad announced". allblacks.com. 1 June 2008. Archived from the original on 14 September 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2008.
- "Six new caps in All Blacks squad". New Zealand Herald. 1 June 2008. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
- "All Blacks squad named for 2010 Investec Tri Nations". New Zealand Rugby Union. 27 June 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
- "Adam Thomson player profile". allblacks.com. New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
- "Former All Black Adam Thomson signs with Reds". One News (TVNZ). Retrieved 20 July 2015.
- "St.George Queensland Reds Sign Former All Blacks Back-rower Adam Thomson (10/8/2014)". Reds Rugby. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
- "Former All Black signs with Rebels". New Zealand Herald. 20 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
- "World Cup Winner Adam Thomson Joins the Club (20 July, 2015)". Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
- "Eleventh hour bid: Otago in talks with former All Black Adam Thomson over unlikely hometown return (20 July, 2019)". rugbypass. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
- "Cult hero Adam Thomson returns to face Highlanders in Reds jersey". Stuff. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
- "Player Statistics". its rugby. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
- "Adam who?". nzherald.co.nz. 2 June 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2008.