Sio Tomkinson
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Sio Tomkinson

Sio Tomkinson
Full namePatelesio Fatuloa Tomkinson
Date of birth (1996-05-27) 27 May 1996 (age 24)
Place of birthDunedin, New Zealand
Height182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight94 kg (207 lb; 14 st 11 lb)
SchoolOtago Boys' High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre, Wing
Current team Otago, Highlanders
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015- Otago 47 (69)
2017- Highlanders 31 (50)
Correct as of 21 August 2020
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016 New Zealand U20 7 (10)
2020 South Island 0 (0)
Correct as of 21 August 2020

Sio Tomkinson (born 27 May 1996) is a New Zealand rugby union player who currently plays as a midfield back for Otago in New Zealand's domestic Mitre 10 Cup and the Highlanders in the international Super Rugby competition.[1][2][3][4]

Early career

Hailing from Otago on New Zealand's South Island, Tomkinson was originally schooled at Kavanagh College in Dunedin before switching to Otago Boys' High School in 2011. He enjoyed a hugely successful time with Otago Boys', winning the Highlanders' first XV competition in each of his seasons with the school as well as scoring a record number of points in a year, more than 450 in 2014.[5] After leaving school, he began playing for the Harbour Hawks in the local Otago club rugby competition.[3]

Senior career

After signing a 2-year deal with the Otago Razorbacks in 2015, Tomkinson debuted for his home province in round 4 of the ITM Cup, a 17-34 defeat at home to Tasman. In total he played 6 games in his first year at provincial level as the Razorbacks finished 3rd on the championship log before going down comprehensively to Wellington in the competition's semi-finals. He got more game time as a 20-year-old in 2016, playing 10 of Otago's 12 games throughout a year which ended with them in 1st place on the championship log before they surprisingly lost out to North Harbour in the final which consigned them to another season of championship rugby in 2017.[2]

Super Rugby

An impressive debut season for the Razorbacks in provincial rugby in 2015 saw him named as a member of the Highlanders wider training group ahead of the 2016 Super Rugby season.[6] The presence of experienced backline players such as Malakai Fekitoa, Matt Faddes and Rob Thompson in the Highlanders set-up meant that Tomkinson had to spend the year kicking his heels on the sidelines, however, in 2017, new 'Landers head-coach, Tony Brown promoted him to the senior squad.[4]

International

Tomkinson represented New Zealand Schools in 2014, scoring a try and being named MVP in their 34-24 win over Australia.[7] He was also a member of the New Zealand Under-20 side which finished 5th in the 2016 World Rugby Under 20 Championship in England, scoring 2 tries in 5 matches.[8][9]


References

  1. ^ "Sio Tomkinson Otago Player Profile". Otago Rugby Union. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Sio Tomkinson itsrugby.co.uk Player Statistics". itsrugby.co.uk. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Sio Tomkinson Highlanders Player Profile". Highlanders Rugby. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Highlanders 2017 Squad Guide" (PDF). All Blacks.com. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "Rugby: ORFU thrilled Tomkinson staying in Dunedin". Otago Daily Times. 4 February 2015. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "Highlanders 2016 Squad Guide" (PDF). All Blacks Rugby. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "New Zealand Schools defeat Australia". All Blacks. 5 October 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ "Younger brothers of All Blacks named in under-20s squad". New Zealand Herald. 10 May 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ "Patelesio Tomkinson New Zealand Under 20 Player Profile". All Blacks. Retrieved 2017.

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