Anton Lienert-Brown rugby player
Anton Lienert-Brown rugby player

Anton Lienert-Brown

15th Apr 1995 1.85m/96kg Outside Centre

Born and bred in Christchurch, the versatile midfielder spent his whole developmental period in the Crusaders' rugby system.

Lienert-Brown first rose to prominence at First Fifteen level for Christchurch Boy’s High School before being selected in the New Zealand Under 20 side in 2014 and 2015.

After debuting for the Chiefs in 2014 in the unfamiliar role of wing, Lienert-Brown secured a starting position in the Chiefs midfield in 2016 and quickly established himself as one of team’s key performers.

Across 14 performances for the Chiefs at inside centre in 2016, Lienert-Brown was a key cog in the Chiefs attack wheel saw them score a club record 76 team tries. While his line breaking and distribution skills were impressive, it was also on defence where Lienert-Brown shone with his quick line speed shutting down opposition attackers.

The 22-year-old enjoyed a mercurial rise in 2016 which saw him finish the season as one of the All Blacks' preferred midfielders.

After Sonny Bill Williams was ruled out with an Achilles injury suffered in pool play with the sevens team at the Olympic Games in Rio in August 2016, Lienert-Brown was called into to All Blacks squad for the 2016 Rugby Championship.

He made his debut for the All Blacks against Australia in Wellington and earned a further 8 test caps in 2016.

At the start of Super Rugby 2017, Lienert-Brown has made 23 appearance in Super Rugby.

In May 2017, Lienert-Brown signed a contract extension with New Zealand Rugby and the Chiefs through to 2020.

Lienert-Brown was included in Steve Hansen's squad for the NZ Lions series, having won 9 caps to date scoring two tries. He came off the bench in the first test and started the final two tests.

He took his test cap tally to 19 in 2017 and 4 tries and enters the 2018 Super Rugby season with 39 caps for the Chiefs scoring 1 try.

ALB finished the 2018 Super Rugby season with 54 caps for the Chiefs. Now a test regular for the All Blacks he enters the 2018 Rugby Championship with 24 test caps.

Ahead of the 2018 November International, Lienert-Brown has obtained 30 test caps.

Lienert-Brown has been named for the Chiefs squad ahead of the 2020 Super Rugby season. To date he has obtained 68 caps.


ML 10/12/19

Career

Untitled Waikato
Outside Centre
2014 - present
chiefs Chiefs
Outside Centre
2015 - present
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Inside Centre
2016 - present
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nz New Zealand U20's
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2014 - 2015