BAKER Kurt < Back  
Sport Rugby Sevens, Rugby Union
CGA New Zealand   
Gender Men
Born 07 Oct 1988 in Palmerston North, NZL
Height1.86 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence New Zealand
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
Name of coach Gordon Tietjens [national], NZL
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Fullback
International Debut
Year 2008
Competing for New Zealand
Opponent Wales
Location Dubai
General Interest
Nicknames KB, Kurtley, Krut, Ngapuhi (allblacks.com, 2016; trfu.co.nz, 27 Aug 2015; taranakirugby.co.nz, 27 Jul 2010)
Hobbies Playing golf. (taranakirugby.co.nz, 2 Jun 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning the 2013 World Cup in Moscow, Russian Federation. (thehighlanders.co.nz, 01 Nov 2014)
Most influential person in career His parents. (taranakirugby.co.nz, 02 Jun 2014)
Hero / Idol New Zealand rugby union player Christian Cullen. (taranakirugby.co.nz, 2 Jun 2014)
Injuries His 2014 rugby union season was cut short due to a hamstring injury. (thehighlanders.co.nz, 01 Nov 2014)

In February 2013 he was sidelined for two months with a torn hamstring and calf muscle injury. (stuff.co.nz, 19 Apr 2013)

He missed the whole 2011 Super Rugby season after suffering a stress fracture in his back at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. (stuff.co.nz, 11 Feb 2012)

He twisted his ankle in 2009 and needed five weeks in rehabilitation. (findarticles.com, 07 Jan 2009)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs On match days he eats three poached eggs and spaghetti for breakfast. (taranakirugby.co.nz, 2 Jun 2014)
Awards and honours He was named New Zealand Rugby's Sevens Player of the Year in 2013. He was also nominated for the award in 2010. (thehighlanders.co.nz, 02 Jun 2014; stuff.co.nz, 20 Nov 2010)
Other sports He has played rugby union for the New Zealand Maori and at Super Rugby level in New Zealand, and in May 2016 he signed for Italian Pro 12 team Zebre. (stuff.co.nz, 05 May 2016; taranakirugby.co.nz, 02 Jun 2014)
Other information NUDE
He has a tradition of posing nude with sevens trophies New Zealand win, and posting the pictures on his Instagram profile. He strategically places the trophies to avoid any embarrassment. (stuff.co.nz, 14 Mar 2016)