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Jackson Dan Kingi Willison (born (1988-09-05)5 September 1988) is a New Zealand rugby union player. His regular playing position is as a midfield back.

Jackson Willison
Birth nameJackson Dan Kingi Willison
Date of birth (1988-09-05) 5 September 1988 (age 31)
Place of birthHamilton, New Zealand
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight93 kg (14 st 9 lb)
SchoolOtorohanga College
Hamilton Boys' High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Inside Centre
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014–2016
2016–2018
2018–
Grenoble
Worcester Warriors
Bath
33
45
(10)
(25)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007–14 Waikato 60 (65)
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009–12
2013–14
Chiefs
Blues
39
21
(30)
(15)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008
2010–
New Zealand under-20
Māori All Blacks
5
7
(10)
(5)

Willison played for the Chiefs in Super Rugby from 2009–12, and was part of the title winning Chiefs in 2012. He has also played for the Blues in Super Rugby and Waikato in the Mitre 10 Cup.

In 2012 he was selected for the Māori All Blacks end of year tour.[1]

For 2013 Willison was initially included in the Chiefs, before being delisted[2] by coach Dave Rennie while he sought to contract Counties-Manukau midfielder Bundee Aki.[citation needed] Blues coach John Kirwan acted quickly to sign Willison and move him to Auckland.[3]

At the start of 2014, it was announced that he would leave the Blues after the 2014 Super Rugby season to join French Top 14 side Grenoble on a two-year contract.[4][5] On 8 January 2016, Willison joined Aviva Premiership team Worcester Warriors for the 2015-16 season.[6] On 15 January 2018, Willison signs for local rivals Bath ahead of the 2018-19 season.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Super Rugby Profile: Blues – Jackson Willison". Blues. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  2. ^ Long, David (29 September 2012). "Kirwan quick to take Baden Kerr from Steelers". Rugby Heaven. Fairfax. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  3. ^ Long, David (28 October 2012). "Friction over Super Rugby backdoor deals". Rugby Heaven. Fairfax. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Grenoble snap up Willison". Planet Rugby. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Jackson Willison rejoint le FCG" (Press release) (in French). FC Grenoble Rugby. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Worcester Warriors sign Grenoble centre Jackson Willison". BBC Sport. 8 January 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Jackson Willison: Bath sign Worcester Warriors centre from next season". BBC Sport. 15 January 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.

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