Jerome Kaino

05 Aug 2015

One of the Blues all time greats and current captain Jerome Kaino became part of an elite group of players when he made his 100th Super Rugby appearance for the club against the Cheetahs during the 2015 season.

Kaino, who has played for the Blues for more than a decade, is only the fifth Blues player to reach the figure of 100 games for the club behind Keven Mealamu (151), Tony Woodcock (127), Ali Williams (102) and John Afoa (101).

Born in American Samoa before he and his family relocated to live in Auckland when he was aged four, Kaino made his Blues’ debut against the Queensland Reds, coming on as a 70th minute replacement for Brent Thompson in a 20-3 defeat, which also featured current Blues stalwarts, Mealamu and Woodcock.
Later that year he was rewarded internationally as he was crowned IRB Under-21 Player of the Year.

The tenacious and dynamic flanker and number eight took time to find his feet at Super Rugby level but slowly started to make an impact and earned further rewards in 2006 when he made his All Blacks debut versus Ireland.

In 2007 the tough-tackling Kaino was the only New Zealand forward to play every minute of the Blues Super Rugby campaign, scoring two tries and helping the team to fourth in the ladder before suffering a 34-18 semifinal defeat to the Sharks.

The powerful Kaino was also the cornerstone of the Blues team that finished fourth during the 2011 season, including a 26-13 defeat of the Waratahs in the qualification final before succumbing to the Reds in the semifinal.

He then played a starring role in the All Blacks successful World Cup winning team, playing every minute of their glorious campaign and was awarded the prestigious New Zealand Player of the Year award. 

Kaino left the Blues at the end of 2012 to take up a position with Japanese side Toyota Verblitz before returning to his former home in 2014. Sir John Kirwan rewarded the number six for his inspirational qualities by making him Blues skipper for the present season. 

Humble and modest, the 31-year-old Kaino is now the owner of more than 50 All Blacks caps and is lauded for his muscular and intelligent presence in the Blues pack.

He has 106 Super Rugby caps, all for the Blues.

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Photos

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Jerome Kaino passes under pressure

03 March 2012

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Jerome Kaino tries to fight off Jannie Du Plessis

07 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino on the charge

03 March 2012

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Jerome Kaino scores a try but it is disallowed

07 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino smashes into Crusaders defenders

25 February 2012

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Jerome Kaino busts open the Highlanders' defence

07 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino on attack

25 February 2012

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Blues flanker Jerome Kaino manages to skip out of a tackle

07 November 2010

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Quade cooper is tackled by Jerome Kaino and Stephen Brett

04 July 2011

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Jerome Kaino charges downfield

07 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino on the charge

17 June 2011

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Blues flanker Jerome Kaino competes for the ball

07 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino is wrapped up by the Highlanders defence

17 June 2011

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Jerome Kaino is brought down by Fourie du Preez

06 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino looks to offload in the tackle of Sitiveni Sivivatu

05 June 2011

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Jerome Kaino pushes off Stormers' Schalk Brits

06 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino looks on

05 June 2011

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Jerome Kaino hot on attack

06 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino is wrapped up by the Chiefs defence

05 June 2011

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Blues flanker Jerome Kaino takes the Force's Lachlan Mackay along for the ride

06 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino trucks the ball up

23 May 2011

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Jerome Kaino tries desperately to tackle Sharks halfback Rory Kockott

06 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino trucks the ball up

09 May 2011

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Jerome Kaino rises high to take the lineout ball

06 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino on the charge

23 April 2011

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Jerome Kaino carries the ball into contact

06 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino powers through the tackle

18 April 2011

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Blues flanker Jerome Kaino celebrates the try to Tony Woodcock on fulltime

06 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino strides out

18 April 2011

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Blues flanker Jerome Kaino gets to the ball ahead of Bobby Skinstad

06 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino and Kurtis Haiu smash Doppies La Grange

07 March 2011

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Jerome Kaino is hit hard by Kabamba Floors

06 November 2010

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Kurtis Haiu and Jerome Kaino drive Doppies La Grange back

07 March 2011

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Blues flanker Jerome Kaino wins the lineout ball

06 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino is wreapped up by the Sharks' defence

28 February 2011

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Jerome Kaino scores a try against the Chiefs

06 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino on the charge

20 February 2011

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Jerome Kaino fends off a defender

05 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino looks to evade Dan Carter

20 February 2011

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Jerome Kaino is all smiles after defeating the Reds at Eden Park

05 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino grabs Andy Ellis in a headlock

20 February 2011

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Jerome Kaino scores a try against the Reds

05 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino is surrounded by Sharks players in the 2007 semi-final

18 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino makes light work of Neemia Tialata and David Smith

05 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino in action with Michael Reid in support

08 November 2010

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Blues flanker Jerome Kaino tries to get on the outside of Neemia Tialata

05 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino makes a break against the Bulls

08 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino tries to evade a Crusaders defender

05 November 2010

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Blues flanker Jerome Kaino takes on Gene Fairbanks

07 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino tries to break through the tackle of Caleb Ralph

04 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino wins the lineout ball

07 November 2010

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Blues flanker Jerome Kaino charges the ball forward

04 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino fends off Andre Pretorius

07 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino tries to stand up Byron Kelleher

04 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino is dragged down by the Waratahs

07 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino in action against the Cats

31 October 2010

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Jerome Kaino in action against the Cheetahs

07 November 2010

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Jerome Kaino fends The Hurricanes' Aaron Cruden

29 October 2010

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Snapshot

Blues Number 116
Position Flanker, Number 8
Born 06/04/1983
Tutuila, American Samoa
Height 1.96m
Weight 110kg
Province Auckland
Provincial Caps 54
Provincial Points 45
Provincial Debut 2004 v Poverty Bay
Blues Debut 2004 v Reds
Blues Caps 106
Blues Points 30
Breakdown 6 Tries
Test Caps 54
Test Points 3540
Test Debut 2006 v Ireland

Match Statistics

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Minutes Played: 1133
Tackle success %: 90.06%
Attempted: 171
Assist: 23
Tackles Made: 154
Tackles Missed: 17
Effective Offloads: 2
Hit ups: 104
Hitups over GL %: 68.35%
Line Breaks: 3
Metres Gained: 529
Offloads: 3
Tackle Breaks: 6
Tries Scored: 0
Total Passes: 60
Handling Errors: 19
Lost Possessions: 13
Penalties: 9
Kicking Metres: 0
Total Kicks: 0