Jon Preston

A versatile player equally adept at either halfback or first five-eighth, Jon Preston scored 300 points for the Hurricanes in just 25 games in his three Super 12 seasons. A super-reliable player for any team he played for, Preston was a huge asset for his ability to play in both positions.

It was at first five-eighth playing for Canterbury where he was first selected as an All Black rookie for the 1991 World Cup squad, playing in two matches, against the United States and Scotland. In 1992 he toured Australia and South Africa as a halfback, making his test debut as a substitute against the Springboks. He went on to play for the All Blacks a total of 27 times until the last of his 10 tests against England in 1997.  His most memorable moment was kicking two penalty goals under pressure in 1996 against South Africa in Pretoria to help the All Blacks hang on for a historic victory.

In 1992 Preston kicked 20 conversions for Canterbury in a 128-0 Ranfurly Shield defence against West Coast.

In 1993 Preston moved to Wellington, where he played 72 matches and scored 669 points until 1998, often as captain. After playing for New Zealand A against the touring England side in 1998 he departed for Britain where he spent a number of seasons.  

In September 20120, Following stints as a skills coach for the Wellington Lions and Hurricanes and a coaching role in Christchurch club rugby for Burnside, Preston was enlisted by Highlanders Head Coach Jamie Joseph as an assistant coach of the Highlanders for 2013 and 2014.

In his youth Preston was also an accomplished cricketer. An opening batsman, he represented Canterbury at age group and second XI level and acted as 12th man once in a first class fixture.

Years: 
1996-1998
Caps: 
25
Player Number: 
21