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Kara Pryor

Kara Pryor
Date of birth (1991-04-02) 2 April 1991 (age 30)
Place of birthNew Zealand
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight105 kg (16 st 7 lb; 231 lb)
Notable relative(s)Dan Pryor (brother)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Loose forward
Current team Northland, Rugby United New York
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2021- Rugby United New York 12 (5)
Correct as of 23 August 2021
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012-2013
2014-
Auckland
Northland
5
62
(5)
(40)
Correct as of 30 October 2021
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016-2018
2019
Blues
Sunwolves
23
3
(15)
(0)
Correct as of 23 August 2021
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016-2017 M?ori All Blacks 2 (0)
Correct as of 23 August 2021

Kara A. Pryor (born 2 April 1991) is a New Zealand rugby union player who currently plays as a loose forward for Northland in the Bunnings NPC and also for Rugby United New York (RUNY) of Major League Rugby (MLR).[1][2][3][4]

Senior career

Pryor started out his National Provincial Championship career with Auckland and played 5 times for them before heading north to play alongside older brother Dan with the Northland Taniwha. He debuted for the Taniwha at the start of the 2014 season and instantly became an important member of their side, forming a strong loose forward combination along with his brother as well as Tongan international Jack Ram.

Pryor's first season with Northland was a successful one for the Taniwha who are traditionally known as one of New Zealand's weaker provinces. They finished 3rd on the Championship table with Pryor appearing in all 11 of their games during the season and contributing 1 try. Just over half of his appearances in 2014 were from the start, but by 2015, he was firmly established as one of the first names on the teamsheet, playing 10 times, 9 times from the start and once from the bench in what was a tough season for Northland which saw them finish bottom of the Championship with no wins. 2016 saw a rise in performances for the Taniwha but with little to show for it in terms of results, only 1 win in 10 games again confined them to the Championship wooden spoon, Pryor however, was in fine form. Held back by injury in the early part of the year, he still managed 7 appearances, all from the start and 1 try.[2][4]

Super Rugby

Fine form domestically for Auckland and later Northland brought Pryor to the attention of local Super Rugby franchise, the Blues. He played for their development side in 2014 and 2015 and also provided injury cover during the 2015 season. He was named as part of their senior squad for the first time ahead of the 2016 Super Rugby season.[5] On a personal note, his first season of Super Rugby went well as he featured in 13 of the Blues 15 games and scored 2 tries. The majority of his appearances in his first season came from the replacements bench as he faced stiff competition from the other Blues loose forwards such as All Blacks; Jerome Kaino and Steve Luatua.[2]

International

In October 2016 Pryor, who affiliates to the Ng?ti Awa, Ng?ti Pikiao, and Ng?ti Rangitihi iwi, was named in the M?ori All Blacks squad for their end of year tour to the Northern Hemisphere.[6] He debuted in the number 7 jersey in their 54-7 victory over the United States on 4 November 2016.[7]

References

  1. ^ "Blues 2017 Squad Guide" (PDF). All Blacks.com. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Kara Pryor Blues Player Profile". Blues Rugby. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "Kara Pryor Northland Taniwha Player Profile". Taniwha Rugby. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Kara Pryor itsrugby.co.uk Player Statistics". itsrugby.co.uk. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "Blues 2016 Squad Guide" (PDF). All Blacks Rugby. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "Six new caps named in Maori All Blacks". RNZ News. 25 October 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "USA vs Maori All Blacks Match Report". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 2015.

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