Blade Thomson
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Blade Thomson

Blade Thomson
Full nameBlade Neville Thomson
Date of birth (1990-12-04) 4 December 1990 (age 29)
Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
Height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight106 kg (16 st 10 lb; 234 lb)
SchoolGisborne Boys' High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number 8
Blindside Flanker
Current team Scarlets
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010-2017 Taranaki 47 (60)
2013-2018 Hurricanes 45 (50)
2018- Scarlets 0 (0)
Correct as of 17 September 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010 New Zealand U20 5 (15)
2013-2015 Maori All Blacks 6 (0)
2019- Scotland 2 (0)

Blade Neville Thomson (born 4 December 1990) is a New Zealand rugby union player. He plays as a lock or loose forward for the Scarlets in the Pro14 and represents Scotland in international rugby, being eligible for the national team through his paternal grandfather, Robert, from Wishaw. He previously played represented Taranaki in the ITM Cup[1][2] and for the Super Rugby franchise the Hurricanes.[3]

Professional career

Thomson was a member of the Hurricanes Wider Training Group in 2012, and he joined the senior squad for the 2013 Super Rugby season. Thomson missed the 2017 Super Rugby season due to shoulder reconstruction surgery.

He joined Pro14 team the Scarlets at the beginning of the 2018 - 2019 season.

International career

Thomson was a member of the New Zealand Under 20 team that won the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina,[4] where the 197 cm forward played alongside the likes of Crusaders Tyler Bleyendaal and Tom Marshall and All Black winger Julian Savea.[5]

In October 2018 he was called up to the senior Scotland national rugby union team squad for the Autumn Internationals.[6] He made his Scotland debut on 24 August 2019 in a Rugby World Cup warm up match against France at Murrayfield Stadium.[7]


  1. ^ "Blade Thomson NZ Sports Yahoo profile". Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ "Illness opens door for Blade Thomson". Taranaki Daily News. Fairfax. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Hooker, halfback, prop needed for Hurricanes". Rugby Heaven. Fairfax. 27 October 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ "Champions New Zealand name JWC 2010 squad". Rugby World Cup (Press release). IRB. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "Super Rugby Profile: Hurricanes - Blade Thomson". Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ "Scotland: Blade Thomson, Sam Skinner and Sam Johnson in Autumn Tests squad". BBC. 17 October 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ Rugby, Scottish (24 August 2019). "Special moment for Blade Thomson receiving his @scotlandteam shirt for his debut today".

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