Simon Culhane

Simon Culhane (born 10 March 1968 in Invercargill, New Zealand) is a rugby union footballer who won 6 caps playing at fly-half for the New Zealand rugby union side (the All Blacks).[1]

Simon Culhane
Birth nameSimon David Culhane
Date of birth (1968-03-10) 10 March 1968 (age 53)
Place of birthInvercargill, New Zealand
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight95 kg (14 st 13 lb)
SchoolKingswell High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) First five-eighth
All Black No. 946
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
1996–1999 Highlanders 16 (96)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1995–1996 New Zealand 6 (114)
Teams coached
Years Team
Highlanders (assistant coach)

Culhane made his international test debut at the age of 27 on 4 June 1995 during the 1995 Rugby World Cup. The match, against Japan was won 145-17 and is the largest winning margin for an All Blacks side. Culhane amassed an impressive 45 points during his debut, a world record for first class test rugby that still stands today, slotting 20 of 21 conversion attempts and scoring a try. He lost his place in the starting line-up for the next match to first-choice Andrew Mehrtens. He then went on to win just five more caps. He currently coaches Rugby Southland in the New Zealand National Provincial Championship.

He also played cricket for Southland in the Hawke Cup.[2]


  1. ^ "Simon Culhane". ESPNscrum. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  2. ^ Savory, Logan (24 November 2020). "Youngster Benji Culhane in line for Southland Hawke Cup debut". Southland Times. Retrieved 25 November 2020.

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