Michael Allardice

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Michael Allardice
Date of birth (1991-10-19) 19 October 1991 (age 29)
Place of birth Taihape, New Zealand
Height200 cm (6 ft 7 in)
Weight112 kg (247 lb; 17 st 9 lb)
School Palmerston North Boys' High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Current team Hawke's Bay, Chiefs
Senior career
YearsTeamApps(Points)
2012 Canterbury 1 (0)
2013–2019 Hawke's Bay 57 (20)
2015–2020 Chiefs 43 (0)
2021– Toyota Verblitz 1 (0)
Correct as of 21 February 2021

Michael Allardice (born 19 October 1991) is a New Zealand rugby union player who currently plays as a lock for Hawke's Bay in New Zealand's domestic Mitre 10 Cup and the Chiefs in the international Super Rugby competition. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

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Early career

Born in the rural town of Taihape in the centre of New Zealand's north island in the Manawatū-Whanganui region, he moved to the area's biggest town, Palmerston North for school and attended Palmerston North Boys' High School where he played first XV rugby. Upon graduation, he moved south to Christchurch to study for a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in marketing and business management at the University of Canterbury which he completed in 3 years. [6]

Senior career

While still studying in Christchurch, Allardice made 1 appearance for Canterbury during the 2012 ITM Cup, a 33–11 win over Auckland. In 2013 after completing his university studies he headed north to join the Hawke's Bay Magpies. He played every game for the Magpies as they reached the final of the ITM Cup championship before losing narrowly to Tasman. [7] He continued to be a first choice lock in 2014, playing all 12 of the Magpies' games as they again lost in the Championship final, this time to Manawatu. Once more he was an ever-present in 2015 as Hawke's Bay finally won promotion to the Premiership with a 26-25 victory over Wellington in the final.

The 2016 New Zealand domestic season was a write-off for both him and his team, as injury meant he was ruled out of the entire campaign and the Magpies' stay in the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership proved to be a brief one as they were relegated to the Championship for 2017 after recording only 2 wins all season. [1]

Super Rugby

A pre-season training stint with the Chiefs ahead of the 2014 Super Rugby season opened up some doors for him in the franchise and he was subsequently named in their squad for 2015. [3] Although injury curtailed his debut season prematurely, he still managed to make 7 appearances which were followed up by 10 more in 2016 as the Chiefs reached the competition's semi-final stage before going down to New Zealand rivals and eventual competition winners, the Hurricanes. Despite, injury problems in the latter half of 2016, he was retained in the squad for the 2017 Super Rugby season. [1] [5] [6]

In August 2016, Allardice made headlines in New Zealand for alleged homophobic abuse of a gay couple during a post season team bonding at a pub and public swimming facility at Okoroire Hot Springs near Tirau in the Waikato. He later made a public apology. [8] [9] The incident came on the heels of a study that found more young Kiwi men hide their sexuality on the playing field than in any other country.

In 2019, Allardice resigned with the Chiefs. [10]

International

Allardice was a New Zealand Schools representative in 2009 and also turned out for New Zealand Universities during his time at the University of Canterbury. [5] [11] [12]

Career Honours

Canterbury

Hawke's Bay

Super Rugby Statistics

As of 17 December 2016 [1]
SeasonTeamGamesStartsSubMinsTriesConsPensDropsPointsYelRed
2015 Chiefs 7162000000000
2016 Chiefs 10735630000000
Total17897630000000

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  2. "Michael Allardice ESPN Scrum Player Profile". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 13 October 2014.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. 1 2 "Graham returning to Chiefs as props recruited". Waikato Times. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  10. https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/super-rugby/111606337/super-rugby-lock-michael-allardice-resigns-with-chiefs-for-another-year
  11. "Michael Allardice New Zealand Schools Player Profile". All Blacks.com. Retrieved 13 October 2014.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. "2009 New Zealand Schools squad announced". All Blacks.com. 8 September 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2016.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)