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Elias Jack Goodhue (born 13 June 1995) is a New Zealand rugby union player who currently plays as a midfield back for Northland in New Zealand's domestic Mitre 10 Cup, the Crusaders in the international Super Rugby competition, and the All Blacks.[3][4][5][6]

Jack Goodhue
Full nameElias Jack Goodhue
Date of birth (1995-06-13) 13 June 1995 (age 24)
Place of birthWhangarei, New Zealand
Height187 cm (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight101 kg (223 lb; 15 st 13 lb)[2]
SchoolMount Albert Grammar School
UniversityLincoln University
Notable relative(s)Cameron Goodhue (brother)
Josh Goodhue (brother)
Samantha Goodhue (sister, Trading Manager)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
Current team Crusaders, Northland
All Black No. 1165
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014–2016 Canterbury 18 (25)
2017– Crusaders 44 (50)
2017– Northland 9 (15)
Correct as of 7 September 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015 New Zealand U20 7 (10)
2017– New Zealand 9 (15)
Correct as of 7 September 2019
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2015 New Zealand 2
Correct as of 15 April 2019

Early careerEdit

Originating from the Northland Region of New Zealand, Goodhue was born in the city of Whangarei and raised on a farm at Whananaki near Hikurangi, New Zealand, along with older brother Cameron and twin Josh who both went on to become professional rugby players. He attended Mount Albert Grammar School in Auckland along with his twin who captained their first XV while Jack was vice captain as they won 17 of their 20 games in 2013. Following graduation, he moved to New Zealand's South Island in order to study Agriculture at Lincoln University and while there he played both Colts and Division 1 rugby for them, winning titles at both levels.[3][6]

Senior careerEdit

Despite not making the initial Canterbury squad for the 2014 ITM Cup, he forced his way into their match day plans during the year and went on to make 5 appearances and score 2 tries for them before concussion ended his season prematurely. After starting the first 2 games of the following season, he suffered ACL and MCL knee injuries in a game against Counties Manukau which ruled him out for almost a year.[7]

He returned to full fitness for 2016 and was in fine form with 3 tries in 11 games as Canterbury lifted their 8th Premiership title in 9 years with a 43-27 victory over Tasman in the final.[4]

Super RugbyEdit

Following his season-ending injury in 2015, Goodhue was named as a medical exemption player in the Crusaders wider training group ahead of the 2016 Super Rugby season.[8] His extensive rehabilitation meant that he did not get on the field at all during the year, however his form for Canterbury in the latter part of 2016 meant that he was promoted to the full Crusaders squad for 2017 as part of a new deal which saw him contracted to the Christchurch-based franchise until 2019.[5][9]

Goodhue was not expected to get as much game time as he eventually did in 2017, due to the presence of fellow rising star David Havili and the fact that All Black midfielder Seta Tamanivalu had shifted south to the Crusaders for the 2017 Super Rugby season, coming from the Chiefs. Goodhue became a regular starter for the Crusaders in his debut season however, with Tamanivalu changing positions to the left wing while Havili became the first-choice fullback due to an Israel Dagg knee injury- leaving Goodhue as All Black Ryan Crotty's midfield partner for the majority of the season. Goodhue started in all three playoff rounds of the competition, scoring the Crusaders' second try of the Grand Final in Johannesburg 11 minutes into the game, finishing his debut Super Rugby season with a 25-17 win over the Lions in the final.

On 10 June 2017, Goodhue started alongside Havili in a midfield partnership against the touring British and Irish Lions team. Goodhue lasted the whole 80 minutes, but the Crusaders ultimately lost 3-12.

In 2018 the Crusaders won their second title in two years where he started at centre against the Lions in a repeat of last years final. The Crusaders won 37-18.

Jack Goodhue was again a part of the Crusaders success in 2019 however he broke his finger against the Hurricanes in the semi-final. Because of this, Goodhue missed the final against the Jaguares making it to the final for the first time. The Crusaders won 19-3 making it three straight titles for them and Jack Goodhue

InternationalEdit

Goodhue represented the All Blacks Sevens twice in 2015 at the USA and Wellington competitions. He also won the 2015 World Rugby Under 20 Championship with New Zealand under-20, scoring two tries in five matches and captaining the side in one game.[10][11]

Goodhue was included as an injury cover for Ryan Crotty in the All Blacks' 33-man squad for the 2017 Pasifika Challenge against Samoa and three-test series against the British and Irish Lions. Goodhue and fellow uncapped midfielders Ngani Laumape and Jordie Barrett were surprise inclusions in the squad, with Highlanders midfielder Malakai Fekitoa excluded from the squad in their favour. Laumape, Barrett and Hurricanes loose forward Vaea Fifita made their debuts for the All Blacks in 2017's mid-year tests but Goodhue ultimately did not play, with the All Blacks selectors re-calling Fekitoa for the third test against the Lions following Crotty suffering another hamstring injury and Sonny Bill Williams' suspension.

Goodhue managed to make his way back into the All Blacks squad and was selected for a New Zealand XV side as part of the 2017 end-of-season tour. Goodhue was named to start at outside centre on his debut in a mid-week fixture against a French XV on 14 November 2017. Goodhue had a good game, but this was overshadowed by his yellow card in the 68th minute. Goodhue was one of five debutants that day, as they went on to win 28–23, however this match does not count as an official test match.

Goodhue made his official test debut on 23 June 2018 against France during the France test series where he started at outside centre. The All Blacks won 49–14.

Goodhue scored the first try as All Blacks on 17 August 2018 against Australia.

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.allblacks.com/playerprofiles/jack-goodhue/
  2. ^ https://www.allblacks.com/playerprofiles/jack-goodhue/
  3. ^ a b "Jack Goodhue Canterbury Player Profile". CRFU. Archived from the original on 21 January 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Jack Goodhue itsrugby.co.uk Player Statistics". itsrugby.co.uk. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Crusaders 2017 Squad Guide" (PDF). All Blacks.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 November 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Jack Goodhue Crusaders Player Profile". Crusaders Rugby. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Crusaders midfielder Jack Goodhue over horrific knee injury". Rugby Heaven. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Crusaders 2016 Squad Guide" (PDF). All Blacks Rugby. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Canterbury midfield back Jack Goodhue re-signs with Crusaders to 2019". Rugby Heaven. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Jack Goodhue All Blacks Player Profile". All Blacks. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  11. ^ "NZ Under 20 squad named for World Champs in Italy". All Blacks. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2016.