Rob Thompson (rugby Union)
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Rob Thompson
Date of birth (1991-08-29) 29 August 1991 (age 29)
Place of birthPahiatua, New Zealand[1]
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight103 kg (16 st 3 lb; 227 lb)
SchoolPalmerston North Boys' High School[2]
Notable relative(s)Isaac Thompson (brother)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre / Wing
Current team Manawatu / Highlanders
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013-2017 Canterbury 48 (95)
2014 Crusaders 2 (0)
2016- Highlanders 48 (70)
2018– Manawatu 9 (15)
Correct as of 14 October 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016 M?ori All Blacks 1 (0)
Correct as of 30 October 2016

Rob Thompson (born 28 August 1991) is a New Zealand rugby union player who currently plays centre for Manawatu in New Zealand's domestic Mitre 10 Cup and the Highlanders in the international Super Rugby competition.[1][3][4][5][6][7]

Early career

Originally hailing from Manawatu, Thompson started out his rugby career playing club rugby in his home province for University while working as a storeman. After failing to be picked in the Manawatu Turbos ITM Cup squad in 2012, he headed south to try out for Canterbury's Colts side. His development continued in 2013 when he was selected for the Crusaders Knights squad during the first half of the year and the Canterbury ITM Cup team in the latter part.[8]

Senior career

Although he wasn't initially named in the Canterbury squad for the 2013 ITM Cup, injuries and All Blacks call-ups meant that Thompson was promoted from the wider training group and went on to become a key player as the red and blacks were crowned ITM Cup Premiership champions. He made 10 appearances and scored 4 tries in his first year of provincial rugby and was subsequently promoted to Canterbury's full squad for 2014. The Cantabrians failed to defend their Premiership crown in 2014 but Thompson did feature in all 11 of their games during a season which culminated with elimination at the hands of local rivals, Tasman at the semi-final stage.

Both he and Canterbury were back on song in 2015 with Canterbury reclaiming their ITM Cup Premiership Title with a 25-23 victory over Auckland in the final and Thompson finishing as the tournament's joint leading try scorer along with George Moala of Auckland. His try haul of 10 included a hat-trick in Round 4, a 57-7 win over his home province, Manawatu. Canterbury made it back to back provincial titles in 2016 and 8 titles in 9 years with an MCL strain restricting Thompson to just 6 appearances in which he managed an impressive haul of 4 tries including one in the final, a 43-27 win over Tasman.[3][9]

Super Rugby

Thompson's form during the 2013 ITM Cup brought him to the attention of Christchurch-based Super Rugby franchise, the Crusaders who named him as a member of their wider training group for the 2014 Super Rugby season during which he made a total of 2 appearances.[10] However, the following year he found himself without a Super Rugby contract and had to rebuild his career in club rugby.

In October 2015, after a successful season with Canterbury in which he was the ITM Cup's joint leading try scorer; he revealed that he had signed a two-year contract with the Dunedin-based Highlanders for the 2016 Super Rugby season.[11] He found opportunities easier to come by in Dunedin than he had in Christchurch and played 9 times for the tournament defending champions as they made the semi-finals before losing out 42-30 to the Lions in Johannesburg.[3] He was retained in the squad for the 2017 season.[6]


On 27 October 2016, Thompson was called up to the M?ori All Blacks squad as an injury replacement for Declan O'Donnell ahead of the 2016 end-of-year rugby union internationals, however a hamstring injury picked up during the Mitre 10 Cup final meant that he also had to withdraw and saw his place taken by Ambrose Curtis on 30 October.[12][13]

Career Honours


Super Rugby Statistics

As of 3 January 2017[3]
Season Team Games Starts Sub Mins Tries Cons Pens Drops Points Yel Red
2014 Crusaders 2 1 1 85 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 Highlanders 9 8 1 577 2 0 0 0 10 0 0
Total 11 9 2 662 2 0 0 0 10 0 0


  1. ^ a b "Rob Thompson ESPN Scrum Player Profile". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "Canterbury midfielder Rob Thompson filling leadership void left by Ryan Crotty". Rugby Heaven. 16 September 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Rob Thompson Player Statistics". itsrugby. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Rob Thompson Fox Sports Player Profile". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "Rob Thompson Highlanders Player Profile". Highlanders Rugby. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Highlanders 2017 Squad Guide" (PDF). All Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "Rob Thompson Canterbury Player Profile". Canterbury Rugby. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Thompson hopes to find home in Canterbury". Rugby Heaven. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ "Canterbury midfielder Rob Thompson times his run back from injury to perfection". Rugby Heaven. 27 October 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ "NZ Super Rugby franchises name 2014 squads". Rugby Heaven. 29 October 2013. Archived from the original on 1 November 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ "Canterbury's Rob Thompson heads to Highlanders after 10 NPC tries". Stuff. 18 October 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  12. ^ "Rob Thompson called into Maori All Blacks squad". 27 October 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ "All Blacks on Twitter". Twitter. 30 October 2016. Retrieved 2016.

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