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Tawera Kerr-Barlow

Tawera Narada James Kerr-Barlow (born 15 August 1990) is an Australian-born New Zealand rugby union footballer. His regular playing position is scrum-half. He plays for the Chiefs in Super Rugby[1] and Waikato in the ITM Cup. Kerr-Barlow represented New Zealand under 20 in the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship.[2] He is a key member of 2015 Rugby World Cup winning team.

Tawera Kerr-Barlow
Tawera Kerr-Barlow 2016.jpg
Kerr-Barlow during a function, June 2016
Full nameTawera Narada James Kerr-Barlow
Date of birth (1990-08-15) 15 August 1990 (age 29)
Place of birthMelbourne, Australia
Height187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight91 kg (201 lb; 14 st 5 lb)
SchoolHamilton Boys' High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Half-back
Current team La Rochelle
All Black No. 1118
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009–2017 Waikato 44 (15)
2011–2017 Chiefs 83 (50)
2017– La Rochelle 38 (35)
Correct as of 8 June 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010 New Zealand U20 5 (5)
2012–2017 New Zealand 29 (10)
2015–2017 Māori All Blacks 4 (0)
Correct as of 8 June 2019

CareerEdit

Kerr-Barlow began his professional rugby career in 2009 when he made his debut for Waikato at just 18 years old. Kerr-Barlow was eventually signed to the Chiefs, making his debut for them in 2011 and became a regular starter for both teams.

Kerr-Barlow was first selected for the All Blacks to go on the end-of-year tour in 2012. Kerr-Barlow made his international debut in a 51-22 win over Scotland, replacing veteran Piri Weepu in his 69th test with 19 minutes to go. Kerr-Barlow also came off the bench to replace Aaron Smith in a win against Italy the following week. Kerr-Barlow cemented his spot as a regular back-up for Smith off the bench in 2013, replacing Smith off the bench eleven times that year. Kerr-Barlow also earned his first test start in 2013, starting against Japan on the end of year tour. Kerr-Barlow was subbed off with 12 minutes left and the All Blacks went on to win 54-6.

Aftee coming on as a replacement he scored his first two international tries in the quarter final victory against France which New Zealand won by 62-13. This marked a remarkable return from injury to play in the Rugby World Cup 2015. Kerr-Barlow's injury trouble in 2014 and 2015 was covered by the likes of Andy Ellis and Brad Weber before the World Cup started. The double that Kerr-Barlow scored against France were his only international tries in his career.

After good form continued in 2016, Kerr-Barlow continued playing for New Zealand, replacing TJ Perenara off the bench for the Rugby Championship. Kerr-Barlow earned his second career start against Italy on the end of year tour, leading the Haka against the Italians. Kerr-Barlow was released by New Zealand to play for the Maori All Blacks against the United States the week before, starting for them in Chicago. Kerr-Barlow was also released to play against the British and Irish Lions with the Maori All Blacks in Rotorua on 17 June 2017. Kerr-Barlow had a disappointing performance, being yellow carded in the 48th minute for a dangerous tackle.

Kerr-Barlow announced that he would leave New Zealand after the 2017 Rugby Championship to play for La Rochelle in France. Kerr-Barlow played his final game for the Chiefs following a quarter final 27-13 defeat to the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Kerr-Barlow was named in the 2017 Rugby Championship squad, coming off the bench in wins against Argentina and South Africa. Kerr-Barlow played his final two matches for New Zealand on the 2017 end-of-year tour, starting against a French XV and lead the Haka for his final appearance in a black jersey. Kerr-Barlow played the majority of the match before making way for All Blacks debutant Mitchell Drummond with ten minutes left.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rugby: Kerr-Barlow earns his Chiefs stripes". The New Zealand Herald.
  2. ^ http://www.irb.com/jwc/teams/team=2823/player=39550/index.html

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