Kane Thompson rugby player
Kane Thompson rugby player

Kane Thompson

9th Jan 1982 1.98m/112kg Head Coach

A well-travelled Samoan international second-rower, Kane Thompson has moved into coaching after a playing career that spanned over 19 years.

Kicking off his career with Wellington, Thompson played 33 tests and represented Samoa at three Rugby World Cups.

He had two stints with the Chiefs in Super Rugby and played a season with the Highlanders.

He spent time in France with Dax, England with Newcastle and in Japan with Canon Eagles.

He returned to New Zealand in 2016 to play for Manawatu before rejoining Taranaki for two seasons.

In 2018, he joined NOLA Gold where spent the last three seasons (2019-2021) as both a player and player-coach for the side.

Thompson was the forwards and defensive coach for the Gold before being named as the side's new head coach in December 2021.

In November 2021, Thompson also served as an assistant coach for the Samoan international team.

JW Dec 2021.

Career

Nola Gold logo NOLA Gold
Head Coach
2019 - present
504247-243324-14 Wellington
No 4 Lock
2005 - 2005
highlanders Highlanders
No 4 Lock
2006 - 2007
RUGBYSOUTHLAND Southland
No 4 Lock
2006 - 2010
Untitled Dax
No 4 Lock
2007 - 2010
Untitled (2) Hawke's Bay
No 4 Lock
2011 - 2011
image Yokohama Canon Eagles
No 4 Lock
2012 - 2013
chiefs Chiefs
No 4 Lock
2012 - 2014
newcastle-falcons Newcastle Falcons
No 4 Lock
2014 - 2016
manawatu-logo Manawatu
No 4 Lock
2016 - 2016
samoa-rugby-logo Samoa
No 4 Lock
2007 - 2019
processimage Taranaki
No 4 Lock
2017 - 2019