Jack Debreczeni (born 6 June 1993) is a New Zealand rugby union player who formally played as a fly-half for the Chiefs in the Super Rugby competition.[2][3]

Jack Debreczeni
Jack Debreczeni 2014.jpg
Debreczeni in 2014
Full nameJack Debreczeni
Date of birth (1993-06-06) 6 June 1993 (age 26)
Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
Height1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight99.8 kg (15 st 10 lb; 220 lb)
SchoolTrinity Grammar
Rugby union career
Position(s) First five-eighth, Full-back[1]
Current team Northland
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013–2014 West Harbour 16 (129)
2014–2018 Rebels 54 (246)
2014–2016 Melbourne Rising 25 (273)
2017–2018 Honda Heat 10 (42)
2018– Northland 11 (100)
2019–2019 Chiefs 7 (42)
Correct as of 14 July 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011 Australia Schoolboys
Correct as of 4 December 2014

BackgroundEdit

Debreczeni was born in Auckland, New Zealand, Debreczeni is of Chilean, Cook Islands and Hungarian descent.[4][5]

Debreczeni played an integral role and was a standout in Trinity Grammar's record breaking undefeated 2011 1st XV team, earning him selection in the Australian Schoolboys.[citation needed]

Debreczeni is a fan of Dan Carter, Stephen Larkham, and Greg Inglis

StyleEdit

Debreczeni is a tall, versatile fly-half standing at six foot four he can play multiple roles including fullback. He has silky hands and deceptive pace despite his 192-centimetre, 102-kilogram frame, as well as his long distance kick which had garnered attention from the likes of AFL club Essendon.[6]

CareerEdit

Melbourne RebelsEdit

Debreczeni initially made a name for himself playing for West Harbour in the 2013 Shute Shield in New South Wales. Just one season at that level was enough to convince the Rebels of his worth and he was handed a place in the franchise's extended playing squad for the 2014 Super Rugby season.[7] Injury blighted the first half of his season, however he regained full fitness in May and was an unused replacement for the Rebels victory over the Reds on 17 May.[8] He made his Super Rugby debut the following week as a 74th-minute substitute for Jason Woodward in a 19–41 defeat to the Waratahs in Melbourne, and was rumoured for his international debut.[9][10]

After his debut season in 2014, Debreczeni started and played fifteen of the sixteen regular season games in 2015 for the Rebels scoring two tries and making a total of thirty six points in his breakout season and helped the team finish tenth overall. In 2016, Debreczeni played a big part in the Rebels twelfth placed finished after the signing of Reece Hodge in August 2015.[11] After only playing fourteen games during 2016, Debreczeni scored a total of 120 points finishing equal tenth overall with fellow Australian Bernard Foley.[12]

In 2018, Debreczeni returned to the Rebels after a small stint in Japan, scoring his first try in round two of the 2018 season scoring a total of twenty points against Australian conference rival the Reds. It included two tries and five conversions, helping the team to score its most points in an individual game winning 45–19 at AAMI Park, Melbourne.[13][14][15][16]

Honda HeatEdit

In 2017, after only playing eight games for the Rebels many players including Debreczeni left the club after a very poor season and threat of the club being axed from the competition. It was announced in June that Debreczeni left for Japanese second tier team Honda Heat in hopes of wearing the Wallabies jersey.[17][18] He was replaced by Fijian fly-half Ben Volavola.[19][20]

InternationalEdit

Debreczeni was an Australia Schoolboys representative in 2011.[2]

Debreczeni was the traditional uncapped player in the Barbarians F.C. line up against Argentina on 1st December 2018. The international match was played at Twickenham Stadium, England.

Rugby StatisticsEdit

As of 15 July 2018[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Debreczeni flourishing at fullback". rugby.com.au. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Jack Debreczeni Melbourne Rebels Player Profile". Rebels Rugby. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Jack Debreczeni Player Statistics". itsrugby. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Player Profile: Jack Debreczeni". Sanzar. 29 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Melbourne Rebels gun Jack Debreczeni set for Wallabies jersey thanks to an All Black's help". The Herald Sun. 6 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Melbourne Rebels fly half Jack Debreczeni shaped by superstars of both rugby codes". ABC. 6 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Rebels name Extended Playing Squad (EPS) for 2014". Sanzar Rugby. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Reds vs Rebels 17 May 2014 Match Breakdown". SA Rugby. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Rebels vs Waratahs 23 May 2014 Match Breakdown". SA Rugby. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Rebels rookie Jack Debreczeni only one surprised by selection". The Australian. 27 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Melbourne Rebels land Reece Hodge from Manly Marlins". Sydney Morning Herald. 4 August 2015.
  12. ^ "2016: Top Point Scorers". SA Rugby. 29 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Super Rugby 2018: Rebels thrash Reds 45–19 after Scott Higginbotham red card". News.com.au. 23 February 2018.
  14. ^ "Match Centre: Rebels 45–19 Reds". Sanzar. 23 February 2018.
  15. ^ "Melbourne Rebels new era off to perfect start with 45–19 thumping of Queensland Reds". The Herald Sun. 23 February 2018.
  16. ^ "Melbourne Rebels see win, Higginbotham sees red in Super Rugby opener". Sydney Morning Herald. 23 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Japan-bound Melbourne Rebels rugby star eyes the prize". SBS. 17 June 2017.
  18. ^ "Rebels players jumping off sinking ship". Sydney Morning Herald. 29 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Volavola picked for Rebels at five-eighth". SBS. 28 April 2017.
  20. ^ "Volavola to take the reins for Rebels". rugby.com.au. 28 April 2017.