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Brycy

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Brad Thorn to return to Super Rugby
October 10, 2012, 06:20:13

 

Brad Thorn to return to Super Rugby

 
Dual international Brad Thorn will return to Super Rugby with the Highlanders next season.

 

Evergreen dual international Brad Thorn is reportedly set to write a final chapter in his remarkable playing career by returning to Super Rugby with New Zealand franchise the Highlanders.

The former All Blacks lock, who played for Brisbane, Queensland and Australia in rugby league, has been playing rugby union in Japan and Ireland since helping New Zealand win last year's Rugby World Cup.

But the Otago Daily Times reports Thorn, who will turn 38 in February, has met with Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph and is believed to have agreed to play for the Dunedin-based franchise next season.

Thorn previously played Super Rugby for the Crusaders between 2001 and 2011, before returning to rugby league for a second stint with the Brisbane Broncos from 2005 to 2007.

However a move to the Highlanders would be a fitting career finale for Thorn, who was born in Mosgiel just outside Dunedin where the team is based.

He would add experience and steel to a Highlanders forward pack that already includes new signing All Blacks prop Tony Woodcock and All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore.

Thorn left for Japan last year on a two-year deal to play for the Fukuoka Sanix Blues and that deal is due to expire in late February, paving his way to play in Super Rugby.

Earlier this year, he signed a three-month contract with Irish club Leinster and helped them to win Europe's Heineken Cup.

It added another honour to Thorn's long list, having tasted success at virtually every level in both codes.


clevermike

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RE: Brad Thorn to return to Super Rugby
October 10, 2012, 06:39:30

Brycy

Thank you for the posting.   Really good news for opposing teams - suppose they are going to be delighted to play against a has-been 39 years of age.   Funny thing though - players who think they are still playing top rugby - when they are way past it have a way of disgracing themseleves and thus destroying the excellent opinion people have of them.    


Papamoa

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RE: Brad Thorn to return to Super Rugby
October 10, 2012, 06:49:30

 Mans a machine if only we were all as tough as him. What a long career. And could easily play test rugby and rattle some skulls.


Brycy

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RE: Brad Thorn to return to Super Rugby
October 10, 2012, 08:44:05

....not so clever mike, you're talking about a legend and he has more talent in his little finger than you jealous @#$% ever had....sorry but i had to censor myself there...


clevermike

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RE: Brad Thorn to return to Super Rugby
October 10, 2012, 08:55:51

Brycy

No need to censor yourself - Thorne always was a good player (a bit dirty at times)  but a a legend?  If he is a legend then what is Bakkies Botha who wiped the floor with him every time they played against each other?  I will still laugh at what will inevitably happen next year and so will the opposition teams.  

Incidently both Thorne and Botha are past it. Have a good day.


World Champs

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RE: Brad Thorn to return to Super Rugby
October 10, 2012, 09:02:03

Great article Brycy he is the Man the mountain and the legend. He done things that Bakkies could only dream of trying to achieve. Brad wiped his umu with Bakkies face every time they played - and Bakkies knew he was inferior to everything that Brad was ferior.

 

Bakkies was a very filthy player but bercause he was a boof head he never got away with ala Greyling incarnate lol

 

Have a great day....bOOM 


clevermike

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RE: Brad Thorn to return to Super Rugby
October 10, 2012, 09:13:53

World Champs

I was perhaps wrong in stating the issue of Botha as I did - but your response is disgusting.   What happened to you - you started off reasonably well as a poster and I for one thought you really showed insight  - now you BOOM everything.   Boom yourself too - please. 


Beeno1

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RE: Brad Thorn to return to Super Rugby
October 10, 2012, 09:15:24

brycy bakkies made this wee man his dormat. The only time I noticed wee brad was when he lifted smit off his feet and dropped him on his back in font of that shocking ref stu dickenhead. Instead of the red card I think we got  penalty.

Clearly the nz franchises are desparately short of locks!

However they are probably arranging wee brad's sababticals right now  in a hope he will play in the next wc along with geriatrics like wee mcaaaaaaw, mealamu, Hore, Woodcock, Nonu, conrad etc etc. Carter by next world cup will be getting on as well. Bwahahahahhahahahahahahaha


Brycy

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RE: Brad Thorn to return to Super Rugby
October 10, 2012, 09:47:24

Bean Brain what you have been calling geriatrics all year have just kicked yr yarpie butts LMAO and will continue to so no doubt throughout many World Cups in the future...which doesn't say much for all the up and coming talent you've been pontificating about....the pride of SA rugby losing to our senior citizens Bean Brain ...even our womens team will run rings around you...sorry state of affairs really...


clevermike

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RE: Brad Thorn to return to Super Rugby
October 10, 2012, 09:52:29

Brycy

I have alwats rated Blackadder as ten times the lock Thorne ever was - so lets leave it there. 

Incidently I do not think the Crusaders would sign him up again.  A second rate team like the Highlanders (where were they on the log in Super 15 this year?) just might do so.  


polyboy

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RE: Brad Thorn to return to Super Rugby
October 10, 2012, 12:49:14

A dominant team like the AB's thrived with Thorn in their side. Bakkies was a dirty player but noticed he never tried the dirty on anyone like Thorn...knew he spend the rest of his adult life in diapers. Hopefully though Thorn will know when to hang his boots up. He's achieved more than most players will ever achieve in League and Union...a true blue legend.


Beeno1

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RE: Brad Thorn to return to Super Rugby
October 10, 2012, 13:54:16

Bakkies was a hard player but not a dirty player. thorn always behaved when Bakkies was there. he knew who was baas did wee thorn.

Your comment about thorn being a legend poly would carry more weight but for the fact you oaks think every ab player is a legend but of course they are not. Bwahahahahahhahahaha


Arthur John

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RE: Brad Thorn to return to Super Rugby
October 10, 2012, 16:33:50

 Hey guys give credit where credit is due.

Brad was always a great lock....

Trust that he does not overstay his greatness and go out under a cloud.

A real team player for whatever team he represented.

Rough and tough, but a great lock.

I feel priveliged to have watched him take the field on many occassions.


Beeno1

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RE: Brad Thorn to return to Super Rugby
October 10, 2012, 17:09:04

Hear hear AJ and after a good sabbatical we hope to see him gracing the abs side once more and then on to the next world cup. Jolly fine thug he was!! 


Arthur John

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RE: Brad Thorn to return to Super Rugby
October 10, 2012, 22:19:19

 Brad asked for no mercy and gave no mercy...fair enough in the game of rugby.

Hard and fast was his style of play.....

 


sasuke uchiha

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RE: Brad Thorn to return to Super Rugby
October 10, 2012, 22:53:30

@clevermike,

rated blackadder over thorn??? thats crazy talk, theres now way anyone would wgree with that except the blackadder loyalists.
i think as a saffa looking at the All Blacks there is a massive preception difference compared to the kiwis, cos in NZ we think the complete oppisite about thorn compared to bakkies. i mean greylings dunedin performance was what bakkies was, and i remember blogging here in 2010 when nearly every blogger thought the same,


sasuke uchiha

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RE: Brad Thorn to return to Super Rugby
October 10, 2012, 23:07:56

this is a nice way for thorn to finish his career, back home where it all began, and the likes of j hoeata and j behhuis will learn heaps from the rugby legend.

highlanders forward pack for 2013 is looking to be the meanest ever IMO and im expecting big things from my 2nd fave spXV team.

IMO the highlanders team if fully fit should resmble something like,,,,
1 t woodcock, 2 a hore, 3 c king, 4 b thorn, 5 j bekhuis, 6 j hoeata, 7 a thomoson, 8 n manu, 9 a smith, 10 c slade, 11 h gear, 12 s treeby, 13 t ellison, 14 k poki, 15 b smith
16 b mitchel, 17 j mackintosh, 18 j wheeler, 19 j hardie, 20??? 21 l sopoaga, 22 j emery

 

if highlanders can remain injury free, they will have a good chance of making the finals. its a shame that SANZAR havr the current format in place, cos NZ teams will again canablize each other throughout the year like they did this year. when entering rnd 16, 9 teams had a realistic chance of making the finals and 4 of them were NZ teams who had to repeat their carbie matches towrds the end of the year.

food for thought, but no saffa team beat the chiefs and aussie team beat the crusaders, yet excluding the blues, every NZ team won 1 and lost1 against teach other, testemant of NZ conference being the hardest by far.
 


World Champs

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RE: Brad Thorn to return to Super Rugby
October 11, 2012, 00:49:52

Sas - if you see the draw for 2013 you will see how much it favours the wollydocks and the Bokkylocks - NZ's string franchises are left to smash the crap out of each other and the top franchises in SA get to play against the Kings and Cheetahs yeah righ!


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