Jason O’Halloran

When reliable midfield back Jason O’Halloran took the field for his one and only All Black appearance as a replacement against Italy in 2000 it capped off a memorable Hurricanes and Wellington career.

Despite being an insulin-dependent diabetic, O'Halloran performed with distinction in 95 games for Wellington between 1993 and 2001 and in 54 games for the Hurricanes between 1996-2001.

A perceptive playmaker and astute tactician, O’Halloran was often the unsung hero in a backline glittering with big name stars, with his 35 tries for Wellington and 17 for the Hurricanes all scored from the midfield testament to his ability. This included a hat trick against the Blues in 1998.

O’Halloran was also a try scorer for Wellington in their 2000 NPC final win over Canterbury, and was picked for the All Blacks tour of France and Italy later that year. He subsequently had to drop out of the first week of the tour due to a family bereavement, but returned in time to make a much deserved test debut against Italy.

Previous representative honours included North Island U16 in 1987-1988, New Zealand U17 in 1988-1989 and New Zealand U19 in 1990-1991, where he was vice-captain. Additionally he was an All Black trialist in 1998 and later that year played for New Zealand A against England and then as captain against Tonga and Samoa. At the end of the 2001 season O’Halloran took up a three-year playing contract in Japan.

In October 2007 he was appointed High Performance Academy Manager by the Manawatu Rugby Union, having spent the previous two seasons coaching at Japanese club Kubota. In 2009 he was selected as a co-coach for the Hurricanes Secondary Schools team that retained the National Secondary Schools title.

In October 2011 he was appointed as Head Coach of the Manawatu Turbos ITM Cup team, succeeding Dave Rennie who moved to the Chiefs. O’Halloran’s Turbos won the NPC Championship division title.

In mid-2015, O’Halloran moved to Scotland to become the national team’s backs coach.

O’Halloran’s grandfather Con O’Halloran played for Petone and Wellington between 1931-1934.

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