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Name  Jared Payne
Nationality  New Zealand

Height  1.88 m
Weight  95 kg
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Jared Benjamin Payne (born 13 October 1985) is a New Zealand rugby union player who plays for Ulster and the Ireland National team. Payne played most of his New Zealand rugby at Centre and Fullback, but can also cover the wing.


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Payne joined Ulster from the Auckland Blues on a three-year contract ahead of the 2011–12 season. Jared has represented New Zealand at U21 and 7s level, as well as captaining his provincial side Northland. He began his Super Rugby career with the Chiefs in 2007 before moving to the Crusaders in 2009. He went on to make 22 appearances for the Crusaders over two seasons.

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He moved to the Blues for the 2011 Super Rugby campaign and was one of the standout players in the competition as he played centre and fullback with flair.

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Early life

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Payne was born in Tauranga on 13 October 1985. He was educated at Nelson College in 1999 and Hamilton Boys High School.

New Zealand provincial career

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Between 2006 and 2007 Payne played for Waikato, and from 2008 until 2011 played for Northland, whom he captained from 2009 til 2011.

Super Rugby

Payne debuted with the Waikato Chiefs in 2007, however his game time was limited and he was not re-signed for the 2008 season. In 2009, Payne was signed by the Crusaders, for whom he made 22 appearances in the 2009 and 2010 seasons. In 2010 it was announced the Blues had signed him for the 2011 Super Rugby season.

Ulster Rugby

In 2011, Payne signed with Ulster, making his Ulster debut on 16 September against the Cardiff Blues, where he made a solid start for his new team. Payne injured his Achilles tendon in a match against Treviso in October 2011 keeping him out for the rest of the season. He returned for the start of the 2012/13 season and his flair and dynamic play made him one of Ulster's key playmakers in their run to the Heineken Cup Quarter-Finals and Pro12 Finals. He signed a new contract with Ulster in May 2013, keeping him at Ravenhill until 2016. He re-signed a new contract with Ulster in May 2016, keeping him at Ravenhill until 2018.

British and Irish Lions

Payne was selected as part of the 2017 British and Irish Lions squad to take part in their tour of New Zealand.

Representative rugby

He has played for the New Zealand Under-21s and Schools sevens teams.

He played his first test for Ireland against South Africa on 8 November 2014.


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