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Matt Proctor

Matt Proctor
Full nameMatthew Phillip Proctor
Date of birth (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 28)
Place of birthWellington, New Zealand
Height180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight90 kg (198 lb; 14 st 2 lb)
SchoolSt. Patrick's College
Notable relative(s)Billy Proctor (brother)
Rugby union career
Position(s) centre,wing,fullback
Current team Northampton Saints
All Black No. 1177
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012-2018 Wellington 52 (60)
2013-19 Hurricanes 59 (60)
2019- Northampton Saints 1 (10)
Correct as of 16 April 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012 New Zealand U20 3 (5)
2013-2018 M?ori All Blacks 12 (5)
2018 New Zealand 1 (5)
Correct as of 16 April 2019

Matthew Phillip Proctor (born 26 October 1992) is a New Zealand rugby union player who currently plays as a utility back for the Northampton Saints in the Premiership Rugby[1] and for the Hurricanes in Super Rugby.[2]

Club career

In October 2012, he was named in the Hurricanes squad for the 2013 Super Rugby season.[2][3] He scored a try on debut against the Stormers on 27 April 2013, playing on the wing.[4]

After the departure of the Hurricanes' long-serving midfield combination, Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith, Proctor became a regular starter for the club in 2016. At the end of the season, Proctor started for the Hurricanes in the 2016 Super Rugby Final, in which the team won Super Rugby for the first time. Proctor's form continued into the 2017 season, leading to rumours of an All Black call-up.[5] However, Proctor lost his place in the starting lineup in 2017, after struggling with injury, while midfield team-mates, Vince Aso and Ngani Laumape, were the top two scorers of the competition for the year.

Although Proctor missed the Hurricanes' historic fixture against the touring British and Irish Lions, in 2017, he did start for the M?ori All Blacks against the Lions, in a 10-32 loss, on 17 June 2017.

Having re-gained his place in the Hurricanes' starting XV in the 2018 Super Rugby season, Proctor was then named as Wellington's Captain for the 2018 Mitre 10 Cup, succeeding England international flanker, Brad Shields, as the team's leader.[6][7]

On 11 January 2019, Proctor signed a three-year deal with English Premiership side Northampton Saints ahead of the 2019-20 season.[8]

International career

Proctor was a member of the New Zealand Under 20 team which competed in the 2012 IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa.[9]

Proctor was named in the New Zealand's 51-man All Blacks squad for the 2018 end-of-year tour, by All Black Head Coach Steve Hansen, in the wider training squad to travel to Japan. In the absence of New Zealand's regular starting lineup, who travelled to Europe earlier than the rest of the team, Proctor was named to start in the 3 November test against Japan.[10] Proctor was one of eight players to make their test debut for New Zealand in the game, including his Hurricanes team-mate Gareth Evans, as well as only two players to start on debut that day, the other being Blues loose forward, Dalton Papalii. Proctor had a fine performance and scored a try on his debut, with New Zealand beating Japan by 69-31.[11]

References

  1. ^ "Matt Proctor profile". Wellington Lions. Archived from the original on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Matt Proctor profile". Hurricanes. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "2013 Hurricanes squad" (Press release). Hurricanes. 31 October 2012. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ Robson, Toby (27 April 2013). "'Canes face hooking crisis after Matu'u injury". Stuff. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "Rugby: Matt Proctor one of NZ rugby's big improvers". Campbell Burnes. NZ Herald. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "Matt Proctor succeeds Brad Shields as Wellington Lions skipper". Hamish Bidwell. stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ "Matt Proctor named Wellington captain for Mitre 10 Cup". TVNZ. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "All Blacks: Northampton Saints confirm Matt Proctor signing". Newshub. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "Matt Proctor profile". Junior World Championship. IRB. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ "Dalton Papalii and Matt Proctor cherish their All Black debuts". Joseph Pearson. stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ "All Blacks player ratings against Japan in the Tokyo test". Joseph Pearson. stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 2019.

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