|Date of birth||28 September 1983|
|Place of birth||Apia, Samoa|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||118 kg (18 st 8 lb)|
|School||Bishop Viard College|
|Notable relative(s)||Mahonri Schwalger (uncle)|
|Occupation(s)||Rugby development officer|
|Rugby union career|
His representative career started with the New Zealand Schoolboys team, before being included in New Zealand's Under 21 team in 2004. He won the Under 21 Rugby World Championship with that team in 2004.
Hurricanes and Wellington
In 2005 he was a member of the Hurricanes Super 12 (now Super Rugby) wider training group. He debuted for Wellington in the 2005 against the 2005 touring British and Irish Lions, and played for them in that year's National Provincial Championship. He was selected for the Hurricanes squad for the 2006 Super 14 and eventually forced his way into the starting line-up.
Junior All Blacks
Following his Super 14 form in 2006 he was selected for the Junior All Blacks, and played for the team as they won the 2006 IRB Pacific 5 Nations. After another successful 2006 Air New Zealand Cup — where he propped both sides of the scrum, he returned to the Hurricanes for the 2007 Super 14.
Following the 2007 Super 14 he was selected in the All Blacks training squad, and was one of only two non-capped players in the squad. His inclusion was the biggest surprise of the squad – as he was picked ahead of capped props Clarke Dermody and John Afoa. Ultimately, he was the final cut from the 2007 Rugby World Cup squad, as the previously injured Greg Somerville was declared fit to play and took up the final place in the squad.
After the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Schwalger agreed to sign a deal with French rugby club SU Agen.
Return to Hurricanes and Wellington
- John Schwalger at AllBlacks.com
- "John Schwalger". hurricanes.co.nz. Archived from the original on 28 October 2007. Retrieved 28 May 2007.
- "John Schwalger". wellingtonlion.co.nz. Archived from the original on 20 January 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2007.
- "Schwalger returning to Hurricanes". Fairfax NZ News. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2013.