Romano playing for New Zealand, August 2017
|Date of birth||16 February 1986|
|Place of birth||Nelson, New Zealand|
|Height||199 cm (6 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||120 kg (265 lb; 18 st 13 lb)|
|School||Christchurch Boys' High School|
|Rugby union career|
Luke Romano (born 16 February 1986) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer who plays as a lock for the Crusaders in Super Rugby and Canterbury in the Mitre 10 Cup. He played for the All Blacks from 2012 - 2017 and was a key member of 2015 Rugby World Cup winning team.
Romano was a regular starter for the early stages of his international career, but missed many opportunities to play through injuries which saw his starting spot taken by Brodie Retallick. Romano only played one international match in 2014, a 24-16 victory over Scotland off the bench. Romano's return from injury in 2015 saw him named in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Romano earned starts against Namibia and Tonga in the tournament, with both fixtures being victories for New Zealand.
Romano had good form throughout Super Rugby in 2016, allowing him to start against Wales for the first test of the year. He missed the end of year fixtures however, allowing Scott Barrett to make his debut for New Zealand after coming into the squad as injury cover for Romano and Sam Whitelock. After returning to rugby in the 2017 Brisbane Global Rugby Tens, Romano lost his regular starting spot in the Crusaders to Barrett in 2017. Romano started against the touring British and Irish Lions team in a 3-12 loss that year however, due to injury to Barrett. Romano reverted to a regular role off the bench upon Barrett's return from injury and was used as a replacement in all three of the knockout rounds of the 2017 Super Rugby season, including the 25-17 winning final against the Lions.
Romano was retained for the 2017 Rugby Championship, and was used as a replacement in the record 54-34 in over Australia to open the competition. Romano went on to make five more appearances for the All Blacks in 2017, starting in all of them after Retallick opted not to play any more rugby in 2017 due to personal reasons. Those fixtures were two wins against Argentina in the Rugby Championship and against the Barbarians, France and Scotland on the end-of-year tour. Romano was ruled out for the year's final test against Wales due to illness.
Romano was not selected for the All Blacks' 33-man squad to play in a three-test series against France in 2018.
Romano did not play international rugby for the Autumn Internationals in 2016 due to the death of a relative. Romano is a qualified builder and he is of Italian heritage through his grandfather.