Cast named for Rugby World Cup drama The Kick

david-de-lautourIn case watching the All Blacks isn’t dramatic enough at times, The Kick will no doubt add another opportunity to relive the dramatic tension of watching our national team play.

New Zealand born actor David de Lautour has been cast to play iconic All Black Stephen Donald in the upcoming TV ONE drama The Kick, portraying his role in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

With credits including Hart of DixieMomOnce Upon A TimeNCIS: Los Angeles and Beauty And The Beast, David returns from his base in Los Angeles to take up the role, which he says is a golden opportunity.

“Stephen Donald’s kick is an iconic moment in All Blacks history, and as a huge rugby fan, it’s an honour to be playing an All Black such as Stephen.”

David was a natural choice for the role of Stephen says The Kick executive producer Philip Smith of Great Southern Television (Agent AnnaEating Media LunchThe Cult).

“David brings serious international acting chops to a role that’s complex and emotional. We are lucky to have an actor with this range to bring Stephen’s story to life, and are also pleased to have Stephen Donaldhimself on board as a consultant on the project.”

David joins a cast of local talent portraying the All Blacks Rugby World Cup 2011 team. Tim Foley (Nothing TrivialBlue Rose) will star as Richie McCaw, Tim Gordon (District 9Home By Christmas) as All Blacks coach Graham Henry, Josh McKenzie (Shortland StreetGo Girls) as Dan Carter, and Xavier Horan (Shortland Street) as Sonny Bill Williams.

TVNZ’s General Manager of Commissioning and Productions, Andrew Shaw, is excited to see the story of the 2011 All Blacks come to life.

“The team at Great Southern Television has created some remarkable Kiwi television for New Zealand viewers, and we’re looking forward to another stellar production, this time capturing the moment that brought the nation together.”

The Kick looks at events through the eyes of Stephen Donald, who missed out on selection for the Rugby World Cup squad and went white baiting with his best mate instead, only to get a call at the eleventh hour.

In a nail-biting Rugby World Cup final, Stephen is called on to the field and the country collectively held its breath. What resulted was a kick that won New Zealand the Rugby World Cup for the first time in 24 years, and a legend was born.

Production for The Kick commences this Sunday 9th March. The on-air date will be released at a later time.


Stephen Donald – David de Lautour
Richie McCaw – Tim Foley
Graham Henry – Tim Gordon
Dan Carter – Josh McKenzie
Sonny Bill Williams – Xavier Horan
Steve Hansen – Geoff Dolan
Piri Weepu – Troy Kingi
Richard Kahui – Clinton Randell
Mils Muliaina – Joe Naufahu
Ma’a Nonu – Matt Renata
Wayne Smith – Eryn Wilson
Ian Foster – Ross Anderson
Jimmy Cowan – Luke Thompson
Andrew Hore – Jonathan Hodge
Ali Williams – Aaron Cortesi
Jerome Kaino – TK Tuhaka
Kieran Read – Aaron Jackson
Colin Slade – Kirk Bremner
Aaron Cruden – Jordan Selwyn
Conrad Smith – Harry Summerfield
Andy Ellis – Dean Curtis
Brad Thorn – Brad Johnson

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  • Jas

    Being a tv dramatic reincarnation of the event do you think they might make 2 versions of this?
    The real version where the kick is in the 48th minute to give a 8-0 lead and having less drama to it and a version for non-rugby or overseas consumption where the kick is in the last few minutes to get the lead

  • roger

    OH EM GEE, they have got one of NZ’s most hated actors, the guy who plays NATE, to play one of NZ’s best loved rugby players – Dan Carter. WTF

    • tv3isbest

      I really like Josh as an actor, not the character. But honestly hes a good actor! Nothing like he is in real life.

      • K

        I agree tv3isbest- I think he’s a really good actor. as you say nothing like his character. I think he’ll do it justice

  • Doger

    Why isn’t anyone playing tony woodcock. He did score the try that own the world cup

    • Doger

      Won not own

  • Gus

    Who was the Colin at the dinner after the Hong Kong game that prompted the walkout ?