Jeff Wilson Bio
Jeff Wilson is a former winger and fullback who was a ‘double All Black’. As well as receiving 60 caps from the New Zealand rugby union side, he also represented his country at cricket, featuring in six one day internationals and one T20i. Jeff Wilson was inducted into the RugbyPass Hall of Fame in 2021.
During his school days, Jeff Wilson played a handful of sports. As well as excelling at both rugby and cricket, he played basketball and won secondary school titles in track and field.
However, after briefly combining both cricket and rugby, Jeff Wilson ultimately chose to pursue a career in rugby union. Domestically, he represented Southland for one season in 1992. Then, he moved to Otago. When the Super Rugby era began in 1996, he also signed for the Highlanders. He then stayed with both sides until his retirement.
Jeff Wilson’s talent for the game was obvious as soon as he burst onto the scene with Southland, and he made his debut for the All Blacks only a year later. Between 1993 and 2001, he made 60 appearances for the side and scored 44 tries. At the time of his retirement, this was a record for the All Blacks.
Following his retirement from rugby, Jeff Wilson briefly returned to cricket. However, he retired from the sport in 2005 after suffering from a series of injuries. Since, he’s held a number of positions in rugby, including ambassadorial roles, coaching roles and punditry positions.
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