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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.

Anthony Boric
Birth nameAnthony Frank Boric
Date of birth (1983-12-27) 27 December 1983 (age 35)
Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
Height200 cm (6 ft 7 in)
Weight110 kg (243 lb)
SchoolRosmini College
UniversityUniversity of Auckland
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
All Black No. 1074
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
North Harbour Marist ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013–14 Mitsubishi Sagamihara DynaBoars 0 (0)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005–13 North Harbour 56 (15)
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006–13 Blues 72 (15)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008–11 New Zealand 24 (10)

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.[1][2] He attended school at Rosmini College in Takapuna where he played first XV rugby.

Boric then studied Civil Engineering at the University of Auckland,[3] 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.[3]

Rugby careerEdit

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.[2] 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.[2]

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.[2]

Boric scored his first Test try versus Scotland on 8 November 2008

AB played his last Test match for All Black side during the winning 2011 Rugby World Cup campaign. He played 4 matches during the tournament, all of which were from the reserve bench.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Boric to labour at heart of NZ scrum". The Press. 10 July 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d McMurran, Alistair (12 July 2008). "Rugby: 'Boks match a dream come true for Boric". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  3. ^ a b http://www.alumni.auckland.ac.nz/webdav/site/alumni/shared/publications/at-auckland/july08.pdf

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