Jimmy Gopperth rugby player
Jimmy Gopperth rugby player

Jimmy Gopperth

29th Jun 1983 1.78m/90kg Fly Half

Born in New Plymouth, New Zealand, Gopperth is a ball distributing flyhalf with a dead-eye right boot. Having graduated from New Plymouth Boys' High School, Gopperth made two appearances for the Junior All Blacks in 2006.

Gopperth went on to play for both the Hurricanes and the Blues in Super Rugby.
He made 12 appearances for the Hurricanes in his debut season in 2005. Starting all of those games and scoring an impressive 139 points.

In 2008, Gopperth moved to North Harbour and signed for the Blues, but only managed 11 appearances.

In 2009 he made the move across to England where he took up a contract with Newcastle Falcons, where he replaced World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson. He enjoyed his time at the Falcons, where he scored 719 points in 70 appearances.

In 2010/11 he was the top scorer in the Premiership.

After four seasons at the club, Gopperth joined Irish provincial giants Leinster. He only managed 58 games for the Irish side but scored 350 points.

In 2015, Gopperth headed back to the Premiership when he signed for Wasps. After spells at full back and his more customary position of fly-half for Wasps in 2016, Gopperth secured his future beyond 2016 with the Premiership club.

Gopperth had a fantastic season 2016/17 with Wasps and picked up the Wasp Players’ Player and Supporters’ Player of the Season 16/17 awards and was also named the Premiership Player's Player of the Season.

Gopperth was named the RPA Players' Player of the Year for 2017 & the Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season along with the Golden Boot, as he finished the campaign as the top points scorer.

The New Zealand-born fly-half has been one of Wasps’ most reliable performers since arriving at Ricoh Arena in 2015, having amassed nearly 800 points in his time there.
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In December 2018, Wasps announced that he had signed a new deal for the 2019/2020 season.

After 96 appearances for the Ricoh Arena club, Gopperth signed a new undisclosed deal in May 2020.

Career

ws Wasps
Fly Half
2015 - present
hurricanes Hurricanes
Fly Half
2005 - 2008
504247-243324-14 Wellington
Fly Half
2005 - 2008
auckland-blues Blues
Fly Half
2009 - 2009
image North Harbour
Fly Half
2008 - 2009
newcastle-falcons Newcastle Falcons
Fly Half
2009 - 2013
leinster Leinster Rugby
Fly Half
2013 - 2015
Barbarians_Logo Barbarians
Fly Half
2015 - 2015