Tom Sanders rugby player
Tom Sanders rugby player

Tom Sanders

5th Feb 1994 1.90m/110kg No. 8

Sanders started out his senior career with Canterbury during the 2014 ITM Cup making his debut against Auckland in Week 1 of the competition. He had to settle for a place on the replacements bench most weeks but did come on to good effect and scored 3 tries in 8 appearances during the season.

He has also represented the New Zealand Universities team, played in the Lincoln High School first XV for three years and was part of the New Zealand Schools Academy.

His displays didn't go unnoticed and he was named as a member of the Crusaders wider training group for the 2015 Super Rugby season.

Sanders made his Super Rugby debut against the Crusaders in 2016, he made 12 further appearances in 2016, before signing for the Chiefs 2017 Super Rugby season.

In August 2017, Sanders returned to the red & black of the Crusaders for the 2018 Super Rugby campaign.

Sanders has made 18 appearances in Super Rugby scoring 3 tries, he has also represented Canterbury 33 times.

The Crusaders named Sanders as part of their Super Rugby squad in 2020. After securing another title with the Crusaders in 2021 he headed to Japan to where he played two seasons with top Japanese club Suntory.

In 2023 Sanders returned to New Zealand where joined The Highlanders where he played in the Super Rugby Pacific competition.


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