Derren Witcombe

25 Nov 2015
Hooker Derren Witcombe was a surprise choice for the Blues in 2002 after just one season of provincial rugby for Northland, but he went on to cement his place in the squad and played five seasons for the franchise.

He missed the 2005 season due to a serious neck injury whilst playing for Auckland against Canterbury, but through passion and hard work recovered from the injury so well that he played through the 2006 Air New Zealand Cup campaign and the following year’s Super 14.

However a collapsed scrum in the opening 2007 Air New Zealand Cup match caused a similar though less serious injury, resulting in him retiring on medical advice.

Witcombe made his All Black debut in the 91-0 defeat of Fiji at Albany in 2005. He retained his place in the squad during the Lions and Tri Nations series, making five appearances in all, four as a substitute, with Mealamu the first choice.

He also represented New Zealand Juniors in the 2007 Pacific Nations Cup matches.


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Justin Collins and Derren Witcombe celebrate after defeating the Chiefs

06 November 2010

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Derren Witcombe looks to offload in the tackle

06 November 2010

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Derren Witcombe on the charge

06 November 2010



Blues Number 94
Position Hooker
Born 30/10/1978
Height 1.85m
Weight 114kg
Province Auckland
Blues Debut 2002 v Hurricanes
Blues Caps 53
Blues Points 15
Breakdown 3 Tries
Test Caps 5
Test Points 0
Test Debut 2005 v Fiji

Match Statistics

Minutes Played: 668
Tackle success %: 78.57%
Attempted: 70
Assist: 17
Tackles Made: 55
Tackles Missed: 15
Effective Offloads: 8
Hit ups: 42
Hitups over GL %: 56.71%
Line Breaks: 6
Metres Gained: 181
Offloads: 9
Tackle Breaks: 2
Tries Scored: 0
Total Passes: 43
Handling Errors: 11
Lost Possessions: 18
Penalties: 7
Kicking Metres: 80
Total Kicks: 3