Between 1997–2008 Reuben Thorne gave Canterbury, the Crusaders and the All Blacks exemplary service, as a powerful player and successful leader and mentor. He was in the Canterbury side that won the Ranfurly Shield in 2000 and three national provincial championships, captained the Crusaders to the Super 12 title in 2002, and his record as an All Black stands at 50 tests played (22 as captain) for 42 wins and 8 losses.
Reuben left New Zealand in 2008 to take up a contract with Yamaha Jubilo in Japan. Since returning to Christchurch in 2010, he has focused on his coaching career.
As well as being a College's rugby coaching consultant, Reuben is also the forwards coach for the Canterbury team.