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Greg Rawlinson
Greg Rawlinson

Man mountain Greg Rawlinson made a huge impact - and become a huge hero for Worcester fans - during his time with the Warriors between 2007 and 2011.

A lock from the traditional mould, Rawlinson was a fine lineout forward and strong scrummager, who provided an abrasive and physical presence around the field.

The former New Zealand international second row, who made four appearances for the All Blacks, was an almost ever present at Warriors since his arrival from Auckland Blues.

Rawlinson clocked up over a century of games for Warriors, celebrating his 100th game in some style with a try, that sparked a standing ovation from all inside Sixways, against Bristol in April 2011.

Rawlinson was born in South Africa and moved to New Zealand in 2002. The second row rejected overtures from the Springboks to remain in All Black contention and was rewarded with a call-up to face Ireland in 2006. He became only the second ever South African-born All Black, the other being Andrew Mehrtens who was also born in Durban.

Affectionately known as Dolph by supporters, Rawlinson played for the Blues in the Super 14 and North Harbour Rugby Union in the Air New Zealand Cup, and previously played for Bay of Plenty in the National Provincial Championship (NPC), the predecessor to the Air New Zealand Cup.

In addition to his 25 matches for the Blues between 2004–06 he also played one match for the Natal-based Sharks in 2003.

In 2005 he was named the North Harbour Player of the Year after playing in all 12 of North Harbour’s matches that year. He was selected as North Harbour’s Air New Zealand NPC MVP by New Zealand rugby writers and judged the overall winner of the Division One MVP award.

Rawlinson made his debut for the All Blacks in June 2006 against Ireland in Hamilton. He also faced the Emerald Isle in Auckland and played two games against South Africa in Pretoria and his home city of Durban in June 2007.

Rawlinson played a total of 103 games for Worcester before calling time on his rugby career and retiring from the sport following the club's promotion win over Cornish Pirates in May 2011.

DOB14th Aug 1978
BirthplaceDurban, S Africa
Height2.01 m (6' 7")
Weight118 kg (18 st 8 lb)
PositionLock
HonoursNew Zealand (4 caps)
Date Opposition Tries Conv DG Pen YC RC Pts Mins
04/09/2010
Plymouth Albion







7
11/09/2010
Rotherham Titans







40
18/09/2010
Esher







65
25/09/2010
Doncaster







56
02/10/2010
Moseley







54
08/10/2010
Bristol Rugby







14
16/10/2010
Bedford Blues







47
22/10/2010
Cornish Pirates







17
29/10/2010
Nottingham







65
07/11/2010
London Welsh







18
13/11/2010
Plymouth Albion







30
20/11/2010
Rotherham Titans







63
15/12/2010
Doncaster







67
02/01/2011
Bristol Rugby







20
08/01/2011
Bedford Blues







24
30/01/2011
Cornish Pirates







80
06/02/2011
Nottingham







70
12/02/2011
London Welsh







4
26/02/2011
Cornish Pirates







53
13/03/2011
Bristol Rugby







1
19/03/2011
London Welsh







24
25/03/2011
Nottingham







17
02/04/2011
Nottingham







22
09/04/2011
London Welsh







20
16/04/2011
Bristol Rugby
1





5
57
01/05/2011
Bedford Blues







64
11/05/2011
Cornish Pirates







61
18/05/2011
Cornish Pirates







70
Total Played 28 1
0
0
0
0
0
5
1130
CompetitionTeamPlayedTriesConvDGPenYCRCPts
2010-2011 - British and Irish Cup
Worcester Warriors
1







2010-2011 - The Championship
Worcester Warriors
12 +15
1





5
2010-2011 Total

13 +15
1





5
2009-2010 - Amlin Challenge Cup
Worcester Warriors
1







2009-2010 - Guinness Premiership
Worcester Warriors
20




2


2009-2010 - LV= Cup
Worcester Warriors
3







2009-2010 Total

24




2


2008-2009 - Challenge Cup
Worcester Warriors
6 +1
1





5
2008-2009 - EDF Energy Cup
Worcester Warriors
2 +1







2008-2009 - Guinness Premiership
Worcester Warriors
19 +1
1



1

5
2008-2009 Total

27 +3
2



1

10
2007-2008 - Challenge Cup
Worcester Warriors
6




1


2007-2008 - EDF Energy Cup
Worcester Warriors
1







2007-2008 - Guinness Premiership
Worcester Warriors
12 +2
2





10
2007-2008 Total

19 +2
2



1

10
Total - British and Irish Cup

1







Total - The Championship

12 +15
1





5
Total - Amlin Challenge Cup

13 +1
1



1

5
Total - Guinness Premiership

51 +3
3



3

15
Total - LV= Cup

6 +1







Total

83 +20
5
0
0
0
4
0
25
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