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For the American plantation owner, see Isaac Ross.

Isaac Ross
Full nameIsaac Beattie Ross
Date of birth (1984-10-27) 27 October 1984 (age 34)
Place of birthAshburton, New Zealand
Height201 cm (6 ft 7 in)
Weight116 kg (256 lb; 18 st 4 lb)
SchoolTimaru Boys' High School
Notable relative(s)Jock Ross (father)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Current team NTT Shining Arcs
All Black No. 1088
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006–2010 Canterbury 53 (65)
2007–2010 Crusaders 23 (15)
2008 Highlanders 9 (0)
2011 Chiefs 11 (5)
2011– NTT Shining Arcs 83 (49)
Correct as of 15 December 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005 New Zealand U21 4 (5)
2007–2010 New Zealand Māori 8 (0)
2009 New Zealand 8 (10)
Correct as of 15 December 2018

Isaac Beattie Ross (born 27 October 1984) is a New Zealand rugby union player. He plays in the lock position for the Japanese based rugby side the NTT Communications Shining Arcs.

Ross followed in the footsteps of his father Jock when he pulled on an All Black jersey for the first time in 2009. In as cover for the injured Ali Williams, Ross impressed with an athletic performance in an otherwise sloppy loss to France in Dunedin. Despite fears that Ross neglected the grittier aspects of lock play, continuing injury to Williams ensured that he began the Tri-Nations in the All Black second-row. He won his fourth cap against Australia in the opening game of the series, helping his side to a 22-16 win.

At domestic level Ross represented Canterbury, and has played for the Chiefs, Crusaders and Highlanders at Super 14 level since his debut in 2007. Following the conclusion of the Tri-Nations in 2009 Ross was omitted from the All Blacks' November tour squad, being told to bulk up in order to reclaim his place. He failed to do so following the 2010 Super 14, and returned to the Canterbury ranks as the All Blacks romped away with the Tri-Nations.

Early life

Isaac Ross's talent was obvious from an early age and after starring in the Timaru Boys' High School first XV, he played for the national secondary schools and age-group sides before having the first of his 53 games for Canterbury in 2006.

Ross had an exceptional rugby pedigree. His father, Jock, a stalwart of Mid Canterbury, for whom he played more than 100 games, and also a lock and lineout expert, was an All Black tourist to France and Romania in 1981, while his mother, Christine, played for the Black Ferns.

Super Rugby

He played for the Crusaders for the first time in 2007, but in 2008, with Ali Williams joining the franchise for a year to partner Brad Thorn, he went into the draft to be picked up by the Highlanders. A strong Super 14 season returned to the Crusaders in 2009, when he appeared in all 14 matches, gained him promotion to the All Blacks. In the 2010 season with the Crusaders. The presence of Thorn, the return of Chris Jack from overseas and the rise of the young Sam Whitelock meant he received only five matches in the Super 15 competition. On 27 September 2010, the Chiefs announced that they signed Isaac Ross for the 2011 Super Rugby season.[1] Ross went in the draft, playing 11 games and bringing his Super rugby appearances to 43, but again without looking as if he would regain his place in the national pecking order. He then departed for a club contract in Japan after one year with the Chiefs he signed with NTT Communications Shining Arcs of the Japanese Top League.

All Blacks

On 22 May 2009, Ross was selected for the Iveco Series 26-man All Black Squad. He made his debut against France on 13 June, where he partnered his Crusaders team mate, Brad Thorn. He scored his first try against Italy in the All Blacks 27–6 win over Italy on 27 June 2009.

Outside rugby

In 2010, Ross and winner of the 2009 Forestry Modern Apprentice of the Year awards, Warren Ropiha, became the faces of Jigsaw Family Services Extra Ordinary Dads campaign; celebrating fathers and the important role they play in their children’s lives. They joined the 2009 representatives Cory Jane and Mike McRoberts. Jigsaw Family Services is a network of 39 organisations in New Zealand working to stop child abuse, neglect and family violence in New Zealand communities. The Extra Ordinary Dads campaign aims to spark conversations about what makes a good father as dads share stories about taking the time to play with, listen to and encourage their kids, and to create strong positive family relationships. Ross also works as a sports interviewer on The Erin Simpson Show. His favorite television programme is Law & Order.


  1. ^ "Isaac Ross signs with Chiefs for 2011". 27 September 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2011.

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