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Rocky Elsom
Australia
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Full name Rocky Dan Elsom
Born February 14, 1983, Melbourne
Current age 31 years 197 days
Major teams Barbarians, Brumbies, Leinster, Waratahs, Australia
Position Flanker
Height 6 ft 6 in
Weight 233 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 2005-2011 75 73 2 70 14 0 0 0 43 30 2 58.66
Bledisloe Cup 2005-2011 17 17 0 20 4 0 0 0 4 13 0 23.52
IRB Rugby World Cup 2007-2011 10 9 1 20 4 0 0 0 7 3 0 70.00
The Rugby Championship 2005-2011 32 31 1 25 5 0 0 0 13 19 0 40.62

Career statistics
Test debut Australia v Samoa at Sydney, Jun 11, 2005 match details
Last Test New Zealand v Australia at Auckland, Oct 16, 2011 match details
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Profile

The world-class and versatile Elsom has been a regular for the Wallabies since making a try-scoring debut in 2005 against Samoa.

A product of Brisbane's Nudgee College, he represented Australia at Under-16 level in 1999 and Australian Schools in 2000 before being picked up by NRL club the Bulldogs, where he spent the following two seasons.

Following his return to Rugby Union in 2003, Elsom featured heavily for the Waratahs in the last three years of the Super 12 before making his Wallaby debut. The majority of his appearance have been at blindside flanker although he is a valuable option in any backrow combination or at lock.

He made his Rugby World Cup debut in 2007 claiming a hat-trick of tries in the pool clash with Japan in Lyon.

Elsom, who was voted by the public as the Wallabies' outstanding player in 2008, was granted an early release from the final year of his Australian Rugby Union contract after that year's Tri-Nations series on "compassionate grounds" to take up a deal with Irish province Leinster.

He played a pivotal role in their run to the 2009 Heineken Cup Final and claimed the man of the match honour in their Murrayfield triumph over Leicester.

At the end of the season Elsom confirmed his plan to return to Australia to further his international hopes and subsequently signed a two-year deal with the Australian Rugby Union and the Brumbies.

Elsom's return to Australia paid off in the form of the Wallabies' captaincy. He became the 76th captain of Australia when coach Robbie Deans announced his squad for the 2009 end-of-year tour. He retained the captaincy for 2010 and spearheaded the Wallabies' Tri-Nations challenge - grabbing a try against the Springboks in Bloemfontein to propel his side to their first win on the high veldt since 1963.

The following season Elsom's participation in the Brumbies' Super Rugby campaign was restricted by injury. And although he was initially named as captain for Australia's Tri-Nations campaign, fellow forward James Horwill was announced as the new skipper for the Rugby World Cup. Elsom, though, retained his place in the Wallabies squad.

In June 2012 Elsom announced that he would join Japanese side Kobe Steel after injury restricted him to just three appearances for the Waratahs in Super Rugby that season.

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May 8, 2012
The Waratahs' Rocky Elsom is floored in training
The Waratahs' Rocky Elsom is floored in training
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Apr 24, 2012
Waratahs flanker Rocky Elsom tells Lachie Turner who's boss in training
Waratahs flanker Rocky Elsom tells Lachie Turner who's boss in training
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Feb 27, 2012
The Waratahs' Rocky Elsom tries to get his point across in training
The Waratahs' Rocky Elsom tries to get his point across in training
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Feb 27, 2012
The Waratahs' Rocky Elsom takes a break in training
The Waratahs' Rocky Elsom takes a break in training
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