Rene Ranger (born 30 September 1986 in Northland, New Zealand) is a rugby union player who has played for Montpellier in the Top 14 in France since 2013. Ranger plays the positions of wing and centre. Ranger made his debut for New Zealand on 26 June 2010 after a superb season with the Blues. Ranger used to play for Blues in Super Rugby and Northland in the ITM Cup.
He made his debut for the Northland Taniwha on 22 July 2006 against North Harbour. He went on to play a further nine games for the team that season and continued to play for the union. Ranger grew up playing for the Wellsford club, and is the club's first and only All Black.
In 2007 Ranger was selected as a member of the Wider Training Group for the Blues Super 14 program. His form for the Taniwha was such that he was signed by the Blues for 2009. Ranger made his Super 14 debut in the Blues 13 February victory over the Western Force in Perth. Ranger was required to serve a one-match suspension following a late and high tackle in the Blues 2009 loss to the Bulls in Pretoria.
In 2006 Ranger was selected by Gordon Tietjens to represent the New Zealand Sevens team at the Dubai and South Africa tournaments in December. In 2007 he was again selected to play for the New Zealand sevens team in Dubai and South Africa. Having failed to win selection in a Super 14 squad for 2008, Ranger continued to represent New Zealand in sevens, playing in the first four tournaments of the year before joining back up with the Northland for the Air New Zealand Cup.
Ranger was selected for the Junior All Blacks on the back of his form for the Blues in the 2009 season.
In June 2010, Ranger was called into the All Blacks training squad alongside Ben Smith as injury cover. He subsequently made his test debut off the bench in the second test against South Africa, with his performance standing out enough to be named in the All Blacks squad for the Tri-Nations. Ranger scored a try during his second test for the All Blacks against The Springboks, on 17 July 2010 as the All Blacks won 31–17 at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
After a strong start in the 2013 Super Rugby season, Ranger was picked for the All Blacks wider training squad and started on the bench for the first two games against France but then on the last test got a to start.
Later, Ranger signed a contract with Montpellier. All Black Coach Steve Hansen stated that in spite of this he would have selected Rene Ranger for the Rugby Championship. However, Ranger made himself unavailable for the All Blacks. He cited personal reasons for withdrawing the squad. Instead Ranger has captained Northland in the ITM Cup. Unfortunately, Northland have endured an awful season, currently in last place in ITM Championship with one win and one draw from nine matches.
After a successful season with Montpellier, with Montpellier getting to the semi-finals of the "Top 14", being beaten by Castres at Lille on 17/5/2014, Ranger was invited to play for the Barbarians against an England 15 at Twickenham on 1/6/2014. Although he didn't score he played very well, and set up one of Hosea Gear's tries. Final result Barbarians 39, England 29.
Ranger was charged by police for assault following a physical altercation in Matakana, north of Auckland on 18 April 2009 and was to be considered for diversion. He was suspended for one match by the New Zealand Rugby Union for what was deemed a breach of the players' Collective Employment Agreement. He was also given an official warning and directed to complete an alcohol counselling programme. In 2012 he was found not guilty of assault. Act ™ 2013 Rugby Union
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Ranger is of English and Cook Island descent. (His father was born in Hartlepool, County Durham. His paternal grandfather was from New Zealand, whilst his paternal grandmother is also from Hartlepool, County Durham.)
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- "Ranger, Smith to train with All Blacks". TVNZ. Retrieved 2010-06-07.
- Tri-Nations: New Zealand 31–17 South Africa
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- "Rene Ranger not guilty of assault". New Zealand Herald. APN. 2012-08-16. Retrieved 2012-08-16.