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Adam Thomson
New Zealand
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Full name Adam John Thomson
Born March 13, 1982, Ashburton
Current age 32 years 224 days
Major teams Barbarians, Classic All Blacks, Highlanders, Otago, New Zealand
Position Back-row
Height 6 ft 5 in
Weight 246 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 2008-2012 29 17 12 30 6 0 0 0 24 5 0 82.75
Bledisloe Cup 2008-2011 6 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 83.33
IRB Rugby World Cup 2011-2011 2 2 0 10 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 100.00
The Rugby Championship 2008-2012 11 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 7 4 0 63.63

Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v Ireland at Wellington, Jun 7, 2008 match details
Last Test Scotland v New Zealand at Murrayfield, Nov 11, 2012 match details
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Profile

New Zealand flanker Adam Thomson made his provincial debut for Otago against Waikato in the 2004 National Provincial Championship. While Thomson's input was limited to four games that season, he steadily built a reputation with Otago and returned stronger the following season.

His Super 14 debut came in 2006, when he played three games from the bench for the Highlanders. Despite a strong showing for Otago in the 2006 NPC, Thomson was overlooked for selection in the 2007 Super 14.

Thomson secured a return to Super 14 action in 2008, and despite beginning the season as a replacement he soon established a place for himself as one of the region's first-choice flankers.

Thomson's strong Super 14 season led to a call up to the All Blacks squad for the visits of Ireland and England in the summer of 2008. Thomson had already represented New Zealand at Schoolboy, Under 19 and Under 21 level before making his full-international bow as a replacement against Ireland, subsequently starting the next Test against England.

Thomson was also selected for the All Blacks Tri-Nations squad, starting against South Africa during the opening rounds and making replacement appearances against the Wallabies, including in Hong Kong. Thomson made one appearance on New Zealand's Grand Slam tour, starting against Scotland on the openside flank.

In December 2008 Thomson was ordered before magistrates after an alleged assault on a woman in Havelock North. He was cleared of all charges in June 2009 after being named in the All Blacks squad to face Italy and France in the June Tests.

After sitting out the 2010 tour to the northern hemisphere through injury, Thomson impressed throughout the 2011 Super Rugby season for the Highlanders. He was well established in the All Blacks side which failed to retain the Tri-Nations in 2011 and was named in the 30-man squad for the World Cup. Thomson was an injury doubt going into the tournament with his elbow troubling him.

But he recovered from the injury to make two starts against Japan and France in the pool stages before reverting to the bench for the latter stages of the tournament.

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Nov 30, 2012
New Zealand's Keven Meleamu, Adam Thomson and  Tawera Kerr-Barlow sign autographs
New Zealand's Keven Meleamu, Adam Thomson and Tawera Kerr-Barlow sign autographs
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Nov 11, 2012
All Blacks flanker Adam Thomson
All Blacks flanker Adam Thomson
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Sep 11, 2012
All Blacks centre Ma'a Nonu evades Adam Thomson
All Blacks centre Ma'a Nonu evades Adam Thomson
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Feb 25, 2012
Highlanders flanker Adam Thomson charges clear
Highlanders flanker Adam Thomson charges clear
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