Anthony Frank Boric (born 27 December 1983 in Auckland) is a former rugby union footballer who represented the New Zealand in international rugby, and was a member of the 2011 Rugby World Cup winning All Blacks squad. He played as a lock.
|Birth name||Anthony Frank Boric|
|Date of birth||27 December 1983|
|Place of birth||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Height||200 cm (6 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||110 kg (243 lb)|
|University||University of Auckland|
|Rugby union career|
Early and personal lifeEdit
Boric is a second-generation New Zealander of Croatian descent. His grandfather, from whom Boric acquired his middle name, hailed from the Dalmatia region. He attended school at Rosmini College in Takapuna where he played first XV rugby.
Boric then studied Civil Engineering at the University of Auckland, and in 2008, the final year of his degree, received news of his inclusion in the All Black squad when he heard his name read out on the radio.
Boric started playing rugby on the wing, but as he grew rapidly in his teenage years he switched into the second row, and also played as a loose forward. In his early days at North Harbour and the Blues, Boric alternated between the role of lock and blindside flank before deciding to concentrate on the former position.
After making his first appearance as an All Black coming on as a substitute against England on 13 June 2008, Boric's first match as part of the starting line-up was against the Springboks in Dunedin, replacing the suspended Brad Thorn.
Boric scored his first Test try versus Scotland on 8 November 2008
- "Boric to labour at heart of NZ scrum". The Press. 10 July 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
- McMurran, Alistair (12 July 2008). "Rugby: 'Boks match a dream come true for Boric". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 30 September 2011.