Andrew Mehrtens

As of October 11, 2011 National team: September 21, 2005

Andrew Philip Mehrtens, MNZM (born 28 April 1973 in Durban, South Africa), is a former New Zealand rugby union player. He was considered one of the best players on the position of the connector ( Fly-half ) since the professionalization of the mid-1990s. Mehrtens played since 2007 in France, first at RC Toulon later for Racing Métro 92 Most recently, he was with AS Béziers under contract, where he now works as a coach. In 70 games for the All Blacks ( New Zealand's national team), he scored 967 points.


Mehrtens ' New Zealand parents lived in South Africa and returned to New Zealand when he was one year old. He grew up in Christchurch on, played for the junior national teams (U -19 and U -21) and was first appointed to the cadres of the All Blacks in 1995. In his first match against Canada, he scored 28 points, never before has a player been so successful in its first application for the All Blacks. Mehrtens took part in the 1995 World Cup, in which the New Zealanders was defeated in the final hosts South Africa.

At the World Championship 1999 he was again one of the best players of the tournament, but the New Zealanders favored subject in the semifinals of the French, and in the 3rd place match the South Africans. A loss of form and minor injuries have meant that Mehrtens was not called up for the World Cup 2003. In 2004 he made ​​a comeback in the national team. Since the non-consideration for the games against the British and Irish Lions in 2005, he has not played for the All Blacks. The 967 points he scored in 70 internationals, were at this time record for a New Zealand national team. Daniel Carter surpassed that mark in November 2009.

Even at club level Mehrtens is one of the most successful players ever. He was a key player of the Crusaders in the international Super 12 Championship (now Super 14). With the Crusaders he won the league title five times between 1998 and 2002. Three times he was successful with the Canterbury Rugby Football Union in the national championship National Provincial Championship ( 1997, 2001 and 2004). In 2005, Mehrtens moved to England where he plays for the Harlequins in London.

In the 2007/2008 season Mehrtens played for the French second-division club RC Toulon and managed with this ascent. Following this, he moved to Racing Métro 92 again in the second French league and entered with this association, which had failed in the 2007 /2008 season just wide of the ascent, in 2009 in the Top 14. Mehrtens ' contract was not renewed after two years, after which he joined at the beginning of the 2010/11 season for amateur club AS Béziers. The three-year contract includes a clause stating that he can change in the coaching staff when he decides to step down as a player. He took this step end of the season 2010/11.


National team:

  • 70 games with the All Blacks
  • 967 points for the All Blacks
  • Tri-Nations winner: 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002
  • Finalist 1995 World Cup
  • 4th place 1999 World Cup


  • Super 12 winner with the Crusaders: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002
  • Super 12 finalists: 2003, 2004, 2005
  • 990 points in the Super 12 ( record )
  • NPC champions Canterbury RFU with: 1997, 2001, 2004