Born in the Eastern Cape, Nic Groom attended Rondebosch Boys High School, before enrolling at the University of Cape Town. A Varsity Cup winner in 2011, Groom duly received a Super Rugby debut later that year, but it was in the Currie Cup that he rose to prominence on the national stage. The following year saw Nic cement his place as a regular starter, with sniping runs and superbly accurate distribution. A Currie Cup winner with 56 Super Rugby caps in the colours of the Stormers, Groom was called up to South Africa ‘A’ team to face the touring England Saxons in 2016.
Tactical kicking has always been a strength of Nic’s game and when the Northampton Saints came calling, his intelligent use of the boot drew widespread acclaim in both Europe and English domestic structures. Returning to South Africa to bring experience to a young Lions squad, Groom’s speed off the mark terrorized tight forwards around the fringes. Appearing in 13 of the Lions’ 16 Super Rugby fixtures in 2019, he soon turned the head of Edinburgh Head Coach, Richard Cockerill. Cockerill cited Groom’s consistency, experience, and ability to create opportunities as his reasons for bringing Nic to the Scottish capital, and Groom continues to play a pivotal role in the club’s emergence as one of the powers of both the Guinness Pro 14 and European competition.
DOB: 21 February 1990
Current Team: Edinburgh Rugby
2019 - 2020
Edinburgh Rugby (Guinness Pro 14, European Challenge Cup)
2018 - 2019
Lions (Super Rugby), Golden Lions (Currie Cup)
2016 - 2018
Northampton Saints (Gallagher Premiership, European Champions Cup)
2011 - 2016
Stormers (Super Rugby), Western Province (Currie Cup, Vodacom Cup)
2008 - 2011
Western Province (U21 Currie Cup, Vodacom Cup), UCT (Varsity Cup)