Nathan Hines (born 29 November 1976) is an Australian-born former rugby union and rugby league footballer. He played representative level rugby league (RL) for Scotland, and at club level for the North Sydney Bears in their Presidents Cup side in the NRL.
|Birth name||Nathan John Hines|
|Date of birth||29 March 1976|
|Place of birth||Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia|
|Height||2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||116 kg (18 st 4 lb; 256 lb)|
|School||Berkeley Vale Community High School|
|Rugby union career|
Hines was born in Wagga Wagga, NSW. He attended Berkeley Vale Community High School from 1989–1994 and was a regular feature in the school's first XIII rugby league team. He played his club football for the Berkeley Vale Panthers Junior Rugby League Club and was part of the club's first ever Premiership winning side (U/15s – defeated Woy Woy in 1991) playing alongside future NRL player Paul Stringer.
Hines attended Berkeley Vale Community High School, from 1989-94 with Stringer where they played in the first XIII together. This is the same school that produced Wallaby star Adam Ashley-Cooper and Olympic marathon runner and City to Surf winner Martin Dent. Hines was also part of the Premiership winning Ourimbah Razorbacks U/19s Rugby Union side, the same club where Ashley-Cooper also played.
His time at Perpignan came to an end due to his refusal to play for them in the latter stages of the Top 14 to tour South Africa with the British and Irish Lions. On the Lions tour, Hines played in five regional matches, but was never selected for any of the Tests against South Africa.
On 4 July 2009, it was reported in the French media that Hines would be joining 2008–09 Heineken Cup winners Leinster for the 2009–10 season. Hines became a regular starter and a crowd favourite for Leinster, he won the 2010–11 Heineken Cup with the Irish province.
In 2000, Hines made his Test debut for Scotland in New Zealand but two serious injuries claimed nearly 18 months of his career. He qualified to play for Scotland through his grandfather George Nairne who was from Govan. He became the first Scotland player to be sent off in a Test match when he was dismissed against the USA Eagles in 2002 for punching replacement hooker/flanker Dan Anderson. He was a big part of the Scotland squad for the 2003 Rugby World Cup, which was held in his country of birth.
In the 2005 Six Nations Championship game against Wales at Murrayfield on 13 March, Hines came on in the second half and helped restore some pride, but his try was disallowed for lack of grounding. He was alleged to be discontented with the Scotland coaches (Matt Williams and Willie Anderson) and declared his retirement from international rugby. However, with the firing of the previous coaching regime and the appointment of his previous club coach, Frank Hadden, as Scotland coach, Hines returned to the squad. He made his reappearance as a substitute in the 2006 Six Nations win over England at Murrayfield. Hines toured South Africa with the British and Irish Lions in 2009 and featured heavily in the midweek matches but did not participate in the Tests.
On 9 November 2011 Hines announced his retirement from international rugby with immediate effect. This meant he started and ended his Scotland career at Eden Park, Auckland. Hines won a total of 77 caps and scored two tries (10 points).
- "Nathan Hines: Lions' profile". lionsrugby.com. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- Thornley, Gerry (6 July 2009). "Nathan Hines to join Leinster". Irish Times. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
- "Leinster's Nathan Hines signs for Clermont-Auvergne". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 March 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
- "Sale Sharks sign veteran Scotland lock Nathan Hines from Clermont Auvergne". BBC Sport. 20 January 2014.
- "Hines determined to put dark era in the past". The Scotsman. 18 February 2006. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
- "Hines available again for Scots". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 February 2006. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
- "Nathan Hines calls time on Scotland career". BBC Sport. BBC. 9 November 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
- "Nathan Hines jois Scotland coaching staff". Scottish Rugby. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
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- Hines quits and warns SRU more will follow Scotsman.com, 24 March 2005
- Hines joins exodus from Fortress Scotland Times Online, 24 March 2005 (subscription required)
- Six Nations player watch – Nathan Hines BBC Sport, 21 January 2008