Blade Thomson is a dynamic, quick, skilful player capable of playing either loose forward or lock.
Born in Auckland Thomson's family relocated to Gisborne where he would begin to make a name for himself on the rugby field at Gisborne Boys' High School.
He made a big impression in the first XV from 2006-2008 helping the team win the national Top Four title in 2007, then earning selection in the New Zealand Secondary Schools the following year.
With a long arms and big hands, Thomson was also a gifted basketball and volleyball player, but unlike his brother who went on to represent New Zealand at volleyball, he chose to pursue a career in rugby.
In 2010 Thomson was a member of the New Zealand Under-20s team that beat Australia by a record score of 62-17 on the way to winning the IRB Junior World Championships.
A year later he made his Taranaki debut and in 2013 and a year later played every minute of every match before being named 2014 Taranaki Player of the Year as well as earning selection for the Maori All Blacks tour of the United States and Canada.
Thomson made his Hurricanes debut in 2013 and had made 37 appearances heading into the 2017 season and scored seven tries.