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Keven Mealamu
New Zealand
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Full name Keven Filipo Mealamu
Born March 20, 1979, Tokoroa
Current age 35 years 29 days
Major teams Auckland, Barbarians, Blues, New Zealand
Position Hooker
Height 5 ft 11 in
Weight 240 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 2002-2013 110 73 37 60 12 0 0 0 94 15 1 85.90
Bledisloe Cup 2003-2013 27 19 8 15 3 0 0 0 21 5 1 79.62
IRB Rugby World Cup 2003-2011 14 12 2 10 2 0 0 0 13 1 0 92.85
The Rugby Championship 2003-2013 47 27 20 25 5 0 0 0 37 10 0 78.72

Career statistics
Test debut Wales v New Zealand at Millennium Stadium, Nov 23, 2002 match details
Last Test England v New Zealand at Twickenham, Nov 16, 2013 match details
Test Statsguru Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list
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All Blacks hooker Keven Mealamu made his international debut against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in 2002, while playing his Super 12 rugby for the Chiefs.

Mealamu has played the vast majority of his club and provincial rugby for Auckland and the Blues however, debuting for Auckland in 1999. A compact and powerful hooker, he has scrapped for the All Blacks' No.2 jersey with Anton Oliver and Andrew Hore for much of his career.

In 2005, Mealamu was involved in an incident during the first Test between the All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions, when he and skipper Tana Umaga spear tackled Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll. O'Driscoll dislocated his shoulder and missed the rest of the tour, while Umaga and Mealamu were condemned by the International Rugby Board.

Mealamu was in fine form during the 2005 Tri-Nations and played a key part in the first of three Grand Slam tours of the northern hemisphere with the All Blacks later that year. His second would come in 2008 when he also led his country for the first time - against Scotland at Murrayfield.

He remained an integral part of the All Blacks' set-up throughout 2009 and he made the No.2 jersey his own in 2010 when Hore was sidelined with a shoulder injury. That spell included New Zealand's Tri-Nations triumph but a four-week suspension for headbutting England captain Lewis Moody during their clash at Twickenham later that year brought an abrupt end to his run in the side.

Despite the setback, Mealamu impressed throughout the 2011 Super Rugby campaign and coach Graham Henry is favoured the Blues man as the Kiwi's first choice hooker in the 2011 World Cup. Mealamu played a central role in the All Blacks triumphant campaign, despite a shaky performance against France in the final.

Born in the Waikato town of Tokoroa, he came through South Auckland's Aorere College into New Zealand's age-grade sides before making his provincial debut for Auckland in 1999. He made his Super Rugby debut the following year and last year deservedly became the first Blues player to play 100 games for the franchise.

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Oct 19, 2013
New Zealand's Keven Mealamu offloads the ball
New Zealand's Keven Mealamu offloads the ball
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Sep 28, 2013
Argentina's Nicolas Sanchez and Juan Figallo tackle New Zealand's Keven Mealamu
Argentina's Nicolas Sanchez and Juan Figallo tackle New Zealand's Keven Mealamu
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Sep 12, 2013
Dane Coles is tackled by Keven Mealamu and Matt Todd during an All Blacks training session
Dane Coles is tackled by Keven Mealamu and Matt Todd during an All Blacks training session
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Jun 22, 2013
New Zealand's Keven Mealamu and Tawera Kerr-Barlow perform the kapo o paga haka
New Zealand's Keven Mealamu and Tawera Kerr-Barlow perform the kapo o paga haka
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