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John Hardie (rugby player)

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Name  John Hardie
Career start  2008
Weight  102 kg

Height  1.83 m
Role  Rugby union player
Siblings  Grant Hardie
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Education  Southland Boys' High School
Parents  Russell Hardie, Helen Hardie

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John Hardie (born 27 July 1988) is a New Zealand born Scottish international rugby union player who plays for Edinburgh. Hardie predominantly plays as an open side flanker, though he is also comfortable on the blindside. Having previously played for the Southland Stags in the Mitre 10 Cup and the Highlanders in the Super Rugby competition, Hardie is currently signed to a contract with the Scottish Rugby Union until 2017.


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Provincial Rugby

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As a student of Southland Boys High School he was in the first XV for three years from 2004 to 2006 earning New Zealand Secondary Schools selection in his final year. The following year he was a member of the New Zealand Under 19 team which won the 2007 IRB World Championships in Ireland.

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He made his Southland debut in 2007 against Otago, and emerged as a full-time starter during the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup, appearing in every match and scoring three tries. He continued to be a key member of the squad as the Stags defended the Ranfurly Shield for the greater part of the 2010 ITM Cup season. Another outstanding season with the Stags in 2011, in which they regained the Ranfurly Shield from Canterbury, saw him named Stags player of the year and also Southland Supporters Club player of the year for the second year. In 2013, Hardie again won the Stags player of the year and also the players player title. In 2014, he again won player of the year title.

Super Rugby

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Based on his strong performance in the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup, Hardie was included in the Highlanders squad for the 2010 Super 14 season. Serving mainly as backup to starting flankers Adam Thomson and Alando Soakai, he made 11 appearances over the course of the 13 game season, including three starts.

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In 2012, with the departure of Soakai to Japan, Hardie emerged as the starting openside flanker, but was sidelined with a serious toe injury.

While the Highlanders had a poor 2013, Hardie was one of the teams outstanding performers, leading the team in tackles completed, pilfers and runs made.

International career

Hardie made a highly successful international debut for Scotland on 22 August 2015, in a World Cup warm-up game against Italy in Turin. Hardie qualifies for Scotland through his grandmother who was from Low Valleyfield, Culross in Fife. Hardie had never visited Scotland prior to arriving in the UK in build up to the World Cup.

He scored his first international try in the match against Japan at the 2015 World Cup.

Personal life

In January 2017, it was reported that Hardie had chased down and caught a shoplifter at Edinburgh's Ocean Terminal shopping centre.


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