Wednesday, January 19, 2011
As he heads into what will no doubt be his final season of Test rugby, former League international and current All Black lock Brad Thorn reflects on a career that has taken many twists and turns along the way.
So established in the New Zealand rugby set-up now, some of you may not realise that not only is Thorn a former League veteran, but he actually represented Australia against New Zealand in a few games, having got there while playing for Queensland in the NRL.
His loyalties have been divided for a while now and after making a switch to Union in 2001, and a move to his homeland across the Tasman, Thorn made it into the All Blacks squad for the World Cup in 2003, before moving back to Brisbane in 2005 to again play League.
Two years later he made his final switch, back to Union, and has been a force with the Crusaders, and later the All Blacks, ever since. In this video from the IRB's Total Rugby show, Thorn talks about the League vs Union comparisons, says why he considers a Tri Nations tournament to be tougher than a World Cup, and talks about his future off the field.
The powerful second rower has had a fascinating career filled with accolades, but there's one trophy that still escapes him, so he'll no doubt be aiming to make that right later this year in New Zealand.
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Note: Thanks to Total Rugby for the feature