Caleb Ralph step up & take a bow !



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Caleb Ralph on Friday reaches one of the most remarkable centuries in the history of rugby when he plays his 100th consecutive game of Super 12/14 Rugby. Yes thats right, consecutive matches.

Caleb Ralph played his 99th game in a row for the Crusaders against the Cheetahs last weekend and will reach the 100 mark against the Western Force in Perth on Friday. It must be said that he did come on some times as a substitute but the record still counts.

His run of a 100 straight games started when he came on for the Blues in the 1998 Final (May 5, 1998) against the Crusaders.

In 1999 he was snapped up by the Crusaders and and has played some part in every game since then.

In total he has made 107 Super Rugby appearances making his Super Rugby debut for the Chiefs against Transvaal in Hamilton in 1997.

He earned three caps for the Chiefs and then moved to the Blues where he was capped six times. Since 1999 he has thus played 98 consecutive games for the Crusaders and 99 consecutively.

Now compare that with Jonny Wilkinson who has been plagued by injury since winning the Rugby World Cup in 2003. For the Wilko fans he made another comeback this past weekend and made it through a whole match without picking up an injury.

Caleb is also sitting in third place for Super rugby tries with 53 tries to his name. He is behind Christian Cullen on 56 and Joe Roff on 57.

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