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Alan Whetton
New Zealand
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Full name Alan James Whetton
Born December 15, 1959, Auckland
Current age 54 years 312 days
Major teams New Zealand Cavaliers, New Zealand, New Zealand XV
Position Flanker
Height 6 ft 4 in
Weight 220 lb
Relations Brother - GW Whetton

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 1984-1991 35 31 4 40 10 0 0 0 31 3 1 90.00
Bledisloe Cup 1984-1990 12 9 3 4 1 0 0 0 9 2 1 79.16
IRB Rugby World Cup 1987-1991 11 11 0 20 5 0 0 0 10 1 0 90.90

Career statistics
Test debut Australia v New Zealand at Sydney, Jul 21, 1984 match details
Last Test Australia v New Zealand at Lansdowne Road, Oct 27, 1991 match details
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Whetton shares with his brother, Gary, the distinction of being the only twins to have played Test rugby together for the All Blacks.

A utility forward in the early stages of his international career, he made his first four international appearances off the bench between 1984-85 before earning his first All Blacks start at flanker against Australia in 1986.

He toured South Africa with the unofficial New Zealand Cavaliers in 1986 and as a result served a two-Test ban on his return. But by 1987 he had reclaimed his All Blacks berth and as part of a powerful loose forward trio that also included Wayne Shelford and Michael Jones he shared in his side's 1987 Rugby World Cup triumph.

Whetton also featured during the All Blacks' disappointing 1991 Rugby World Cup campaign - earning the last of his 35 Test caps in the semi-final defeat to Australia.

Like his brother he was a loyal servant to Auckland and following his retirement served as player-coach with Kobe Steel in Japan. He later worked as a broadcaster and summariser on both TV and radio.

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