Super 14 Player Profile – Rene Ranger

After a few years of indifference I have rediscovered Super 14 rugby and the Blues in particular. I was sick of not knowing who the players were so I am a news focusing on player profiles.

My first profile is of Rene Ranger. His Blues player profile is at the Blues Website. He looks like a real prospect and also has an interesting name.

His Wikipedia profile says:

Rene Ranger has an Interesting NameRene Ranger (born 30 September 1986 in Northland, New Zealand) is a rugby union player who represents Wellsford Rugby Football Club in the Northland Premier Club Competition and the Northland Taniwha in the Air New Zealand Cup and the Blues in the Super 14. Ranger made his debut for the Northland Taniwha on 22 July 2006 against North Harbour. He went on to play a further nine games for his province. That same year he was selected by Gordon Tietjens to represent the New Zealand Sevens team at the Dubai and South Africa Sevens in December.

The 2007 season started as a member of the Wider Training Group for The Blues Super 14 program[1] followed by the continuation of good form he displayed the previous season for the Northland Taniwha in the Air New Zealand Cup. He was again selected to play for the New Zealand Sevens team in Dubai and South Africa.

Having failed to win selection in a Super 14 squad for 2008, Rene Ranger continued to represent the New Zealand Sevens team in the first four tournaments of the year before joining back up with the Northland Taniwha team for the Air New Zealand Cup. His form for The Taniwha was such that he won selection for The Blues for 2009.

Ranger made his Super 14 debut in The Blues 13 February 2009 victory over the Western Force in Perth. Ranger was required to serve a one match suspension[2] following a late and high tackle in The Blues 21 February 2009 loss to the Bulls in Pretoria.

Ranger was charged by Police for assault following a physical altercation in Matakana, north of Auckland on April 18 2009 and was to be considered for diversion. He was suspended for one match by the New Zealand Rugby Union for what was deemed a breach of the players’ Collective Employment. He was also given an official warning and directed to complete an alcohol councelling programme [3]

Ranger was selected for the Junior All Blacks on the back of his form for the The Blues in the 2009 season. That same season he helped Wellsford win it’s first Premier club competition.