Adam Thomson was champion with the All Blacks in the 2011 World Cup and at 38 years old, on date 7 of Super Rugby Aotearoa had the luxury of completing 100 games in Super Rugby entering for the Chiefs against Blues.
But the New Zealand third line had a black stage in his life. In 2017, he was hospitalized in Tokyo for more than a week with doctors struggling to identify the disease that left him unable to walk for weeks. He was later diagnosed with lumbar discitis, a painful infection of the spine, and admitted that he faced a great battle to return to the field of play.
“There was a little message in the back of my head telling myself that this was not going to be the end of my career, that I was going to retire on my own terms. I never expected to play in a Super Rugby again, but I am very grateful to play rugby again, “said Thomson.
History of improvement and success, Thomson had the luxury of returning to Super Rugby at the age of 38 and completing his 100th match in that competition.