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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Learn more about Brad Thorn, one of the most decorated men in rugby

Yesterday it was confirmed that 39-year-old All Blacks World Cup winner Brad Thorn has signed for Leicester Tigers. The guy who has won just about everything now has an Aviva Premiership title in his sights. Below is a brilliant piece on the great man.

Brad Thorn's story, a lengthy tale, is as fascinating as is his ability to still play top flight, competitive rugby at the age of nearly 40. In fact he'll be that during the season at his new club, the Tigers.

"He will turn 40 during the season but if anyone questions his age or commitment, you wait until you meet him," said Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby, Richard Cockerill, who also described Thorn as 'one of the great all-time rugby players the world has ever seen'.

Thorn has famously won a Rugby World Cup, a Heineken Cup and a Super Rugby title, to name a few. He's also represented Australia at Rugby League, and been a star of the NRL.

"He is a very driven individual. He wants to play in the Premiership and he wants to win the Premiership. He is 39 years old but he wants to play for another season. We look forward to seeing him and bringing that experience into the squad," added Cockerill.

Thorn will be available for Leicester Tigers at the end of September, after having signed a one year deal. He is thought to be an ideal replacement for Steve Mafi, who is moving to the Western Force.

The video below was actually made as a promotion for the Bledisloe Cup, but it gives you some insight into what drives the man, and where he comes from. It's a must watch so please share with your rugby loving friends if you enjoy it.

MORE: Watch Brad Thorn's Building Blocks training videos to see exactly how he manages to stay in such incredible shape for a guy of his, or any age.

Posted at 12:53 pm | 4 comments

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10stonenumber10 August 20, 2014 3:11 pm

All work, no ego. Thorn is one of the last of the "Old Skool" forwards. An absolute warrior in both codes, and from the sounds of things, a bloody good bloke. He's not the son of a coach, didn't come from a rugby background, not the biggest, strongest or fastest forward, but I challenge any lock to match his work rate.

One Tough Mudda. Like Jerry Collins' dad, he will be on a pitch until he is 60.

His voice is from breaking something near his voicebox from a high elbow in League... like Darren Lockyer.

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Wow August 20, 2014 5:27 pm

wow blessed with a long career. great example for any young player. well done Brad Thorne. pride and passion!

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DrG August 21, 2014 9:11 am

Interesting guy, great video. The other video beneath is great too 'his building blocks' one!

On the topic of the building blocks one, he seems like he'd be a great bloke to train with, seems like he's more interested in the effort that someone would put in that whether they can lift more or as much or less than him.

Core exercises seem key.

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Northandsouth August 21, 2014 1:19 pm

He wants to be a conditioning coach. Imagine some young punk saying "what would you know?" and finding out he played well over 200 games of top flight rugby league and over 200 games of top flight rugby union, in 5 countries, into his 40s. I'd eat mud if that guy told me it was good for me

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