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Robin Brooke was one of the finest locks to ever represent the All Blacks.

Robin Brooke Bio

Robin Brooke is one of New Zealand’s finest ever locks. Throughout the 1990s, he was an elite player who regularly represented the national team alongside his brother, Zinzan Brooke. Robin Brooke was inducted into the RugbyPass Hall of Fame in 2021.

Born 10 December 1966, Robin Brooke was the youngest of three brothers. Although he was widely regarded as the least flashy of the three siblings, his formidable power in the scrum and his mobility in the open field made him a stalwart for Auckland and the Blues, who he represented domestically.

Although he was talented as a youngster and was a New Zealand Colts player by 1987, Robin Brooke only made his senior debut for Auckland in the same year. He then went on to represent the side until 2001.

In addition, Robin Brooke also played for the Blues in Super Rugby between 1996 and 2001, winning the Super Rugby title twice in 1996 and 1997. In his final two seasons of professional rugby, he also captained the Blues.

His form at the domestic level was exceptional, but Robin Brooke is undoubtedly best known for his 62 test appearances for the All Blacks between 1992 and 1999. During this period, he was an integral part of a successful New Zealand side and many noted how the performance of the All Blacks often diminished when he was injured or unavailable.

Robin Brooke retired from professional rugby in 2001. Following this, he opened a supermarket in Warkworth, where he was born. To date, he remains the company’s director.