- Number: 116
- Position: Loose Forward
- Born: 06 April 1983
- Height: 196 cm
- Weight: 109 kg
- Province: Auckland
- Provincial Debut: 2004 v Poverty Bay
- Blues Debut: 2004 v Reds
- Blues Caps: 139
- Test Caps: 81
- Test Points: 60
- Test Debut: 2006 v Ireland
Jerome was a gladiator for the Blues team, a leader by deeds rather than words. He was an All Black regular and key contributor to their back-to-back World Cup victories, earning himself 81 caps. Jerome is a centurion for the Blues with 139 caps. Only Keven Mealamu and has played more games for the club.
He is an inspirational loose forward, excellent at lineout, uncompromising in defence and a vastly improved attacking player wide out.
Jerome was awarded the 2004 IRB Under 21 player of the year and played every game in the All Blacks’ 2011 World Cup winning campaign, earning him the 2011 NZ Player of the Year title and player of the tournament.
He spent 2012 with Toyota Verblitz in Japan before returning to the Blues in 2014, being awarded Super Rugby Player of the Year that year. Jerome was a significant contributor in the All Blacks RWC success in 2015 and quickly returned to vintage form to earn his place back in the international side.
Jerome’s final game for the Blues at Eden Park was a memorable 39 – 16 victory over the Queensland Reds. He now plays in France for Toulouse, alongside former Blues teammates Charlie Faumuina and Pita Ahki.