Jeremy Thrush

Date of birth
Thrushy, T-Rush. JT
2008 - present
45 (9 tries)
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In June 2013, Wellington Lions and Hurricanes lock Jeremy Thrush realised his lifelong dream of making the All Blacks. The 28-year old completed a long apprenticeship at Super Rugby and provincial level when he came off the bench to play France at Eden Park in Auckland.

Thrush’s selection was terrific reward after an excellent season to that point with the Hurricanes.

He went on to earn five Test caps in his debut year, including a starting role in the 41-33 Bledisloe Cup win over Australia in Dunedin and a in the 54-6 win over Japan in Tokyo.

He added a further six Tests to his tally in 2014, including Rugby Championship caps against South Africa and Argentina and a berth on the end of year tour where he stood out.

Thrush completed his sseventh straight season with the Hurricanes in 2013, ending the year on 95 Super Rugby caps and as one of the side’s senior forwards.

Previously, a shoulder injury kept workaholic lock and 2004 IRB World U19 Player of the Year Jeremy Thrush on the sidelines for much of the 2009 NPC and he returned to the Hurricanes in 2010 hungry for action.

In 2011 he earned another 13 appearances, including 10 starts, and reached the milestone of 50 Super Rugby matches in the last game of the season against the Crusaders.

The wide-ranging Thrush previously made a real impact for the Wellington Lions in the 2007 NPC. The former IRB World U21 Player of the Year was a mainstay of the Lions pack playing all 13 matches of that season.

This deservedly earned him a berth in the 2008 Hurricanes, proving a revelation in his first season at the next level. In his rookie Super 14 year he appeared 14 times, including eight run-on starts and seemed to thrive under the pressure of the bigger games at the end of the season. He was also a regular in the Hurricanes pack in 2009 and deservedly earned the call-up into the New Zealand Juniors side to play in the Pacific Nations Cup in June and July.

An aggressive ball winner in the air and committed in the tight, Thrush is also a highly mobile and skilful lock with a nose for the tryline and a rare ability to always be in the right place at the right time.

Thrush was earmarked for a bright future from a young age, progressing from the New Zealand Secondary Schools in 2003 to New Zealand U19 in 2004 on to two years in the New Zealand Colts in 2005 and 2006. An early career setback was a shoulder injury that kept him out of all rugby for the first half of 2005. He won the World U19 Player of the Year at the end of 2004 after earlier helping New Zealand to beat France in the U19 final in South Africa.

He has eight seasons with the Lions under his belt and played in every game for Wellington in the ITM Cup in 2010, playing his 50th game against Canterbury that season. Thrush captained the Lions in the 2011 and 2012 ITM Cup competitions.

He had the distinction of scoring the first try for the Wellington Lions in their memorable Ranfurly Shield victory over Auckland in 2008. He was selected for the Junior All Blacks in June 2009.

Thrush’s father played on the wing for Bush prior to their amalgamation with Wairarapa Bush.  


Provincial Teams
Provincial Points
80 (16t)
Provincial Caps
Provincial Debut
2006 v Waikato
Super Rugby Caps
Super Rugby Points
45 (9 tries)
Super Rugby Debut
2008 v Waratahs
Test Caps
Test Points
10 (2t)
Test Debut
June 2013, v France in Auckland
All Blacks Career
2013 -

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