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Blake Gibson (born 19 April 1995) is a New Zealand rugby union player who currently plays as a loose forward for Auckland in the ITM Cup and the Blues in Super Rugby.[1][2][3][4][5]

Blake Gibson
Date of birth (1995-04-19) 19 April 1995 (age 24)
Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight102 kg (16 st 1 lb; 225 lb)
SchoolSaint Kentigern College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Loose Forward
Current team Auckland / Blues
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014– Auckland 25 (25)
2015− Blues 29 (10)
Correct as of 19 November 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015 New Zealand under-20 7 (5)
Correct as of 29 October 2016

Early careerEdit

Born in Auckland, Gibson attended Saint Kentigern College in the city and captained their first XV to victory in their local 1A championship. This led to his selection in the Blues Development XV later in the year.[5]

Senior careerEdit

Gibson joined the Auckland ITM Cup team in his first year out of school and made a total of 9 appearances in his first full season scoring 2 tries. Named again to play in the Auckland side for the 2015 ITM Cup, he started the opening game of the season at openside flanker, but suffered a knee injury in the first ten minutes that kept him out for the duration of the campaign. The 2016 New Zealand domestic season didn't bring much more luck as he mustered 2 tries in 2 matches before again missing the remainder of the year through injury as his Auckland side missed out on the Premiership Play-Offs and finished up in 5th position on the log standings.[2]

Super RugbyEdit

Gibson's first season at provincial level made a big enough impression that he was offered a contract as a member of the Blues wider training squad for the 2015 Super Rugby season. He debuted for the Blues against the Crusaders, on the day before his 20th birthday and was named for his first start against the Hurricanes on 24 May 2015.[6] The 2016 Super Rugby season saw him earn plenty of game time under new head coach, Tana Umaga. He made 9 appearances, 6 of which were from the start and scored his debut Super Rugby try, making easy work of All Blacks fullback Ben Smith by throwing him and 3 other defenders off.[2] Despite his injury struggles during the later half of the year, Gibson was again named in the Blues squad for 2017.[4]

InternationalEdit

Gibson was named to start for an experienced NZ Barbarians side that played against the Maori All Blacks, shortly after the conclusion of the 2015 Super Rugby Season. Playing at openside flanker, he scored the first try of the game in a standout performance.[7][8]

He was also a vital member of the New Zealand under-20 side which won the 2015 World Rugby Under 20 Championship. He scored 2 tries in 4 championship games and was named player's player of the day on 3 occasions during the tournament.[9][10]

Gibson was called up to the All Blacks in 2017 as injury cover following Sam Cane's concussion. Gibson has yet to be capped for New Zealand.

Career HonoursEdit

New Zealand Under-20

Super Rugby StatisticsEdit

As of 26 November 2016[2]
Season Team Games Starts Sub Mins Tries Cons Pens Drops Points Yel Red
2015 Blues 4 1 3 129 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 Blues 9 6 3 535 1 0 0 0 5 0 0
Total 13 7 6 664 1 0 0 0 5 0 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Blake Gibson Player Profile". Auckland Rugby. Archived from the original on 14 January 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "Blake Gibson itsrugby.co.uk Player Statistics". itsrugby.co.uk. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Blake Gibson ESPN Scrum Player Profile". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Blues 2017 Squad Guide" (PDF). All Blacks.com. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Blake Gibson Blues Player Profile". Blues Rugby. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Blues 2015 Squad Naming" (PDF). All Blacks.com. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  7. ^ "New Zealand Barbarians squad named to play Maori All Blacks". Club Rugby.co.nz. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  8. ^ "New Zealand Barbarians bring back The Wall during win over Maori All Blacks". Club Rugby.co.nz. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Blake Gibson New Zealand Under 20 Player Profile". All Blacks.com. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Rugby: Blake Gibson makes big impression". New Zealand Herald. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016.