Craig Newby

Craig Newby


  • Number: 82
  • Position: Flanker
  • Born: 27/07/79
  • Height: 190
  • Weight: 96
  • Province: North Harbour
  • Blues Debut: 2001 v Highlanders
  • Blues Caps: 7
  • Test Caps: 3
  • Test Debut: 2004 v England

Craig Newby made his Super 12 debut for the Blues in 2001, but only had four starts in his seven appearances, and was more comfortable with the greater opportunities he received in the Highlanders when he first went there as a draft player in 2002.

After a season in England in 2002-03 with Newcastle he returned in the draft to the Highlanders in 2004. Frequently, Newby, with a no-nonsense approach, captained both Otago and the Highlanders.

Other than his brief appearances for the All Blacks, the sevens and a trial in 2004, Newby’s only other national involvement was with the Junior All Blacks in 2005 in two matches against Australia. He took up a contract with Leicester in England between 2008 and 2012.