Super Rugby journeyman Adam Thomson to bring up century

Former All Black Adam Thomson is set to reach 100 Super Rugby games this weekend, when the Chiefs take to the field against the Blues on Sunday afternoon at Eden Park.

The 38-year-old loose forward began his Super Rugby career in 2006 when he debuted for the Highlanders.

Following his 67 caps for the Highlanders, Thomson headed offshore to Japan on a two-year contract with the Cannon Eagles before he returned to Super Rugby in 2015 for the Queensland Reds.

After 15 appearances for the Reds he moved to Melbourne in 2016, where he notched up 13 caps for the Melbourne Rebels.

In 2017 Thomson returned to Japan to once again play for the Cannon Eagles, however, was bedridden in Tokyo after suffering from lumbar discitis, a painful infection of the spine.

Thomson made his comeback last year in the Major League with the Utah Warriors before returning home to play for his old province Otago.

He was called into the Chiefs earlier this year as an injury replacement player.

Thomson said it has been an exceptional journey to reach 100 Super Rugby games.

"It's pretty crazy, I let this dream go a while ago, so to do it at this age with a team like the Gallagher Chiefs is pretty special and I am very much looking forward to it.

"I would not have believed it a couple of years back, but I am just grateful to be playing at this level. Every day for me is a bonus and this is a great environment to be in and however I can contribute whether that is playing or off the field that is what I will do."

Chiefs head coach Warren Gatland said Thomson brought a wealth of knowledge and experience.

"We are privileged as a club to play our role in this achievement and we are grateful to have his services. Reaching this milestone is no small achievement and we are looking forward to celebrating this great milestone on Sunday."

Thomson has been named on the bench for the Chiefs to face the Blues on Sunday at Eden Park.

1. Reuben O'Neill

2. Bradley Slater

3. Nepo Laulala

4. Tupou Vaa'i

5. Mitchell Brown

6. Lachlan Boshier

7. Sam Cane ©

8. Pita Gus Sowakula

9. Brad Weber

10. Kaleb Trask

11. Solomon Alaimalo

12. Alex Nankivell

13. Anton Lienert-Brown

14. Sean Wainui

15. Damian McKenzie


16. Samisoni Taukei'aho

17. Ollie Norris

18. Ross Geldenhuys

19. Adam Thomson

20. Mitchell Karpik

21. Lisati Milo-Harris

22. Aaron Cruden

23. Quinn Tupaea