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2006 Tri Nations Series

The 2006 Tri Nations Series, an annual rugby union competition between the national teams of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, marked the tenth anniversary of the original competition. With three rounds still remaining, the New Zealand All Blacks were assured of first place in the competition after their victory over Australia on 19 August, their 21st consecutive home win.[1]

2006 Tri Nations Series
Final positions
Champions New Zealand (7th title)
Bledisloe Cup New Zealand
Freedom Cup New Zealand
Mandela Challenge Plate Australia
Tournament statistics
Matches played9
Tries scored42 (4.67 per match)
Attendance406,899 (45,211 per match)
Top scorer(s)New Zealand Daniel Carter (99)
Most triesAustralia Lote Tuqiri (3)
South Africa Jaque Fourie (3)
2005
2007

This year, for the first time, each team played the others three times, instead of twice, as had been the case previously. This was the result of a new television deal between SANZAR, the consortium of the three countries' rugby federations that organises the tournament, and broadcasters in the SANZAR countries and the United Kingdom.[2] As a result, the duration of the competition was extended and it ran from 8 July to 9 September.

The All Blacks won all three matches against Australia, thus retaining the Bledisloe Cup. They also won two of their three matches against South Africa, thereby winning the Freedom Cup for the first time. Australia regained the Mandela Challenge Plate after winning their two home tests against South Africa.

StandingsEdit

Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1   New Zealand 6 5 0 1 179 112 +67 3 23
2   Australia 6 2 0 4 133 121 +12 3 11
3   South Africa 6 2 0 4 106 185 −79 1 9

FormatEdit

As in past competitions, points were earned as follows:

  • 4 points for a win
  • 2 points for a draw
  • 0 points for a loss
  • 1 bonus point for scoring 4 tries or more, win or lose
  • 1 bonus point for a loss by 7 points or less

The run-upEdit

AustraliaEdit

At the end of 2005, the Wallabies looked to be in decline after having just ended an all-time record Test losing streak of seven. The streak led to the sacking of coach Eddie Jones and his replacement by John Connolly. The 2006 mid-year Tests saw improvement with two wins over England and a win over Ireland. Ireland's captain Brian O'Driscoll – who played against both the Wallabies and All Blacks in Ireland's mid-year Tests – was more impressed by the Wallabies, and tipped them as favourites over the All Blacks.[3]

New ZealandEdit

Going into the competition, the All Blacks, notwithstanding O'Driscoll's assessment, were the clear favourites as the top-ranked team in the world, coming off a year in 2005 in which they only lost one Test (their away fixture against South Africa in the 2005 Tri Nations) and an undefeated run through the 2006 mid-year Tests. However, All Blacks coach Graham Henry used the mid-year Tests to experiment with his squad. They had to come back in the last 20 minutes to win their first Test against Ireland, and had to survive a last-minute push by Argentina at Vélez Sársfield. Despite these close victories amidst much New Zealand complacency, the All Blacks possessed a strong, co-ordinated forward pack, quality playmakers, explosive backs and blistering pace out wide. Their most important asset was arguably their depth in all positions.

Before the first test, Australian television channel, the Seven Network, aired an advertisement where the All Blacks performed the Ka Mate haka with digitally inserted handbags, a reference to an incident where Tana Umaga hit a Hurricane teammate over the head with a woman's handbag, breaking her cellular phone. This advertisement was seen by some as offensive to both Maori and the All Blacks. The All Blacks performed the new Kapa o Pango haka instead of the Ka Mate in Christchurch for the first time against Australia. Some observers found gestures used in this haka to be offensive.

South AfricaEdit

Of the three teams in the competition, the Springboks entered with the most questions. The selection policy of coach Jake White was controversial in 2005, with White choosing to primarily stay with veterans of South Africa's victorious 2004 Tri Nations squad. His choices eventually panned out, with the Boks only narrowly losing out to the All Blacks in the 2005 Tri Nations.

White largely stayed with his veterans in the 2006 mid-year Tests, which led to even more controversy among Boks supporters. In the meantime, several key Boks players were unavailable during the mid-year Tests due to injury, among them André Pretorius and Bakkies Botha. The Boks won two Tests over Scotland, but suffered a huge blow in the second Test when 2004 World Player of the Year Schalk Burger suffered a career-threatening neck injury. Recent articles indicated that Schalk Burger had a successful operation to his neck and he may play again next year. They went on to lose to France at Newlands, their first home loss since 2003. In that Test, they lost two key backs, Jean de Villiers and Bryan Habana, to rib injuries. De Villiers was initially expected to be out for the entire Tri Nations, but Habana recovered in time for the series opener.[4] (In the end, de Villiers would return for South Africa's home leg of the series.) As for other players, Pretorius would be out for at least the first two Boks matches, while Botha was out for the entire series.[5] Partly due to the injuries, White named four newcomers to his Tri Nations squad.[5]

During the lead-in to the Tri Nations, White also caused considerable controversy by publicly seeking an extension to his contract through 2009, even after the loss to France.[6] Also, he was heavily criticised for his refusal to select flanker Luke Watson, arguably the country's form player, even after the loss of Burger. The criticism became more intense after the Boks' hammering in their Tri Nations opener.[7][8]

Fixtures and resultsEdit

Kickoff times are local

Week 1Edit

8 July 2006
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand   32–12   Australia
Tries: Mealamu (2) 28' c, 35' c
McCaw 49' c
Toeava 78' m
Con: Carter (3)
Pen: Carter (2) 47', 54'
Tries: Tuqiri 16' c
Fava 51' m
Con: Mortlock
 
NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Leon MacDonald   70'
RW 14 Rico Gear   59'   61'
OC 13 Mils Muliaina
IC 12 Aaron Mauger
LW 11 Joe Rokocoko
FH 10 Dan Carter
SH 9 Byron Kelleher   64'
N8 8 Rodney So'oialo   72'
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Jerry Collins
RL 5 Jason Eaton   59'
LL 4 Chris Jack
TP 3 Carl Hayman
HK 2 Keven Mealamu   72'
LP 1 Tony Woodcock   53'
Substitutions:
HK 16 Andrew Hore   72'
PR 17 Greg Somerville   53'
LK 18 Ali Williams   59'
N8 19 Chris Masoe   72'
SH 20 Piri Weepu   64'
FH 21 Luke McAlister
FB 22 Isaia Toeava   59'   61'   70'
Coach:
  Graham Henry
 
 
AUSTRALIA:
FB 15 Chris Latham
RW 14 Mark Gerrard
OC 13 Stirling Mortlock
IC 12 Mat Rogers   65'
LW 11 Lote Tuqiri
FH 10 Stephen Larkham
SH 9 George Gregan (c)   70'
N8 8 Rocky Elsom   26' to 36'
OF 7 George Smith   70'
BF 6 Mark Chisholm   50'
RL 5 Daniel Vickerman
LL 4 Nathan Sharpe
TP 3 Guy Shepardson   64'
HK 2 Tai McIsaac   37'
LP 1 Greg Holmes
Substitutions:
HK 16 Jeremy Paul   37'
PR 17 Al Baxter   64'
LK 18 Scott Fava   50'
N8 19 Phil Waugh   70'
SH 20 Sam Cordingley   70'
CE 21 Matt Giteau   65'
WG 22 Ben Tune
Coach:
  John Connolly

Week 2Edit

15 July 2006
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia   49–0   South Africa
Tries: Paul 16' c
Holmes 25' c
Giteau (2) 38' c, 75' m
Latham 65' c
Chisholm 80+4' c
Con: Mortlock (5)
Pen: Mortlock (2) 21', 32'
Drop: Larkham 5'
 
AUSTRALIA:
FB 15 Chris Latham
RW 14 Mark Gerrard   70'
OC 13 Stirling Mortlock
IC 12 Matt Giteau   76'
LW 11 Lote Tuqiri
FH 10 Stephen Larkham
SH 9 George Gregan (c)   43'
N8 8 Scott Fava
OF 7 George Smith   76'
BF 6 Rocky Elsom
RL 5 Daniel Vickerman   43'
LL 4 Nathan Sharpe
TP 3 Guy Shepardson
HK 2 Jeremy Paul   57'
LP 1 Greg Holmes   69'
Substitutions:
HK 16 Sean Hardman   57'
LP 17 Al Baxter   69'
RL 18 Mark Chisholm   43'
N8 19 Phil Waugh   76'
SH 20 Sam Cordingley   43'
FH 21 Mat Rogers   76'
RW 22 Clyde Rathbone   70'
Coach:
  John Connolly
 
 
SOUTH AFRICA:
FB 15 Percy Montgomery   69'
RW 14 Akona Ndungane   61'
OC 13 Jaque Fourie
IC 12 Wynand Olivier   65'
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Jaco van der Westhuyzen
SH 9 Ricky Januarie   63'
N8 8 Pierre Spies
OF 7 Juan Smith
BF 6 Joe van Niekerk   72'
RL 5 Danie Rossouw   41'
LL 4 Victor Matfield   31' to 41'
TP 3 CJ van der Linde
HK 2 John Smit (c)   77'
LP 1 Os du Randt   50'
Substitutions:
HK 16 Danie Coetzee   77'
LP 17 Eddie Andrews   50'
RL 18 Albert van den Berg   41'
N8 19 Jacques Cronjé   72'
SH 20 Fourie du Preez   63'
FH 21 Meyer Bosman   69'
FB 22 Breyton Paulse   61'
Coach:
  Jake White

Week 3Edit

22 July 2006
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand   35–17   South Africa
Tries: Weepu 40+6' c
McCaw 80+9' c
Con: Carter (2)
Pen: Carter (7) 5', 23', 28', 35', 50', 59', 80+8'
Tries: du Preez 1' c
Paulse 71' c
Con: Montgomery (2)
Pen: Montgomery 80+2'
Westpac Stadium, Wellington[11]
Attendance: 38,000
Referee:   Joël Jutge (France)
 
NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Leon MacDonald
RW 14 Doug Howlett
OC 13 Mils Muliaina
IC 12 Sam Tuitupou   77'
LW 11 Scott Hamilton
FH 10 Dan Carter
SH 9 Piri Weepu   58'
N8 8 Rodney So'oialo
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)   77'
BF 6 Reuben Thorne
RL 5 Ali Williams
LL 4 Chris Jack
TP 3 Carl Hayman
HK 2 Anton Oliver   62'
LP 1 Neemia Tialata   54'
Substitutions:
HK 16 Andrew Hore   62'
LP 17 Greg Somerville   54'
RL 18 Greg Rawlinson
N8 19 Chris Masoe   77'
SH 20 Jimmy Cowan   58'
FH 21 Luke McAlister   77'
FB 22 Isaia Toeava
Coach:
  Graham Henry
 
 
SOUTH AFRICA:
FB 15 Percy Montgomery
RW 14 Breyton Paulse
OC 13 Jaque Fourie
IC 12 Wynand Olivier
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Butch James
SH 9 Fourie du Preez
N8 8 Jacques Cronjé
OF 7 Juan Smith
BF 6 Solly Tyibilika   64'
RL 5 Victor Matfield
LL 4 Albert van den Berg   59'
TP 3 CJ van der Linde
HK 2 John Smit (c)
LP 1 Os du Randt
Substitutions:
HK 16 Danie Coetzee
LP 17 Eddie Andrews
RL 18 Johann Muller   59'
N8 19 Joe van Niekerk   64'
SH 20 Ricky Januarie
FH 21 Meyer Bosman
RW 22 JP Pietersen
Coach:
  Jake White

Week 4Edit

29 July 2006
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia   9–13   New Zealand
Pen: Mortlock (3) 8', 36', 60' Try: Rokocoko 10' c
Con: Carter
Pen: Carter 17'
Drop: Carter 58'
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane[12]
Attendance: 52,498
Referee:   Alain Rolland (Ireland)
 
AUSTRALIA:
FB 15 Chris Latham
RW 14 Mark Gerrard   75'
OC 13 Stirling Mortlock
IC 12 Matt Giteau
LW 11 Lote Tuqiri   72'
FH 10 Stephen Larkham
SH 9 George Gregan (c)   74'
N8 8 Scott Fava   61'
OF 7 George Smith
BF 6 Rocky Elsom   61'
RL 5 Daniel Vickerman
LL 4 Nathan Sharpe
TP 3 Rodney Blake   77'
HK 2 Jeremy Paul   61'
LP 1 Greg Holmes
Substitutions:
HK 16 Tai McIsaac   61'
LP 17 Guy Shepherdson   77'
RL 18 Mark Chisholm   61'
N8 19 Phil Waugh   61'
SH 20 Sam Cordingley   74'
FH 21 Mat Rogers   75'
RW 22 Clyde Rathbone   72'
Coach:
  John Connolly
 
 
NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Leon MacDonald
RW 14 Rico Gear
OC 13 Mils Muliaina
IC 12 Aaron Mauger
LW 11 Joe Rokocoko
FH 10 Dan Carter
SH 9 Byron Kelleher   74'
N8 8 Rodney So'oialo
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Jerry Collins   61'
RL 5 Ali Williams   72'
LL 4 Chris Jack
TP 3 Carl Hayman
HK 2 Keven Mealamu   76'
LP 1 Tony Woodcock   68'
Substitutions:
HK 16 Andrew Hore   76'
LP 17 Greg Somerville   68'
RL 18 Jason Eaton   72'
N8 19 Chris Masoe   61'
SH 20 Jimmy Cowan   74'
FH 21 Luke McAlister
FB 22 Isaia Toeava
Coach:
  Graham Henry

Week 5Edit

5 August 2006
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia   20–18   South Africa
Tries: Gerrard 33' c
Rogers 78' c
Con: Mortlock (2)
Pen: Mortlock (2) 11', 66'
Tries: Fourie 56' c
Montgomery 69' m
Con: James
Pen: James (2) 47', 50'
Telstra Stadium, Sydney[13]
Attendance: 60,522
Referee:   Joël Jutge (France)
 
AUSTRALIA:
FB 15 Chris Latham
RW 14 Mark Gerrard   74'
OC 13 Stirling Mortlock
IC 12 Matt Giteau
LW 11 Lote Tuqiri
FH 10 Stephen Larkham   71'
SH 9 George Gregan (c)   74'
N8 8 Wycliff Palu
OF 7 George Smith   55'
BF 6 Rocky Elsom   74'
RL 5 Daniel Vickerman
LL 4 Nathan Sharpe
TP 3 Rodney Blake
HK 2 Tai McIsaac   60'
LP 1 Greg Holmes
Substitutions:
HK 16 Jeremy Paul   60'
LP 17 Guy Shepherdson
RL 18 Mark Chisholm   74'
N8 19 Phil Waugh   55'
SH 20 Sam Cordingley   74'
FH 21 Mat Rogers   71'
RW 22 Clyde Rathbone   74'
Coach:
  John Connolly
 
 
SOUTH AFRICA:
FB 15 Percy Montgomery
RW 14 Akona Ndungane
OC 13 Jaque Fourie
IC 12 Wynand Olivier
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Butch James
SH 9 Fourie du Preez
N8 8 Jacques Cronjé
OF 7 Juan Smith
BF 6 Solomzi Tyibilika   71'
RL 5 Victor Matfield
LL 4 Johann Muller   77'
TP 3 CJ van der Linde
HK 2 John Smit (c)
LP 1 Os du Randt
Substitutions:
HK 16 Mahlatse Ralepelle
LP 17 Eddie Andrews
RL 18 Albert van den Berg   77'
N8 19 Joe van Niekerk   71'
SH 20 Ricky Januarie
FH 21 Meyer Bosman
FB 22 Jaco van der Westhuyzen
Coach:
  Jake White

Week 6Edit

19 August 2006
17:30 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand   34–27   Australia
Tries: Eaton 36' m
Jack 53' c
McAlister 68' c
Con: Carter (2)
Pen: Carter (5) 6', 20', 46', 51', 79'
Tries: Tuqiri (2) 25' c, 71' c
Elsom 39' c
Con: Mortlock (3)
Pen: Mortlock (2) 3', 15'
Eden Park, Auckland[14]
Attendance: 45,000
Referee:   Chris White (England)
 
NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Mils Muliaina
RW 14 Doug Howlett
OC 13 Isaia Toeava   43'
IC 12 Luke McAlister
LW 11 Joe Rokocoko
FH 10 Dan Carter
SH 9 Byron Kelleher   46'
N8 8 Rodney So'oialo   67'
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Jerry Collins
RL 5 Jason Eaton   54'
LL 4 Chris Jack
TP 3 Carl Hayman   26'
HK 2 Keven Mealamu
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Substitutions:
HK 16 Andrew Hore
LP 17 Greg Somerville   26'
RL 18 Ali Williams   54'
N8 19 Chris Masoe   67'
SH 20 Piri Weepu   46'
FH 21 Sam Tuitupou
FB 22 Leon MacDonald   43'
Coach:
  Graham Henry
 
 
AUSTRALIA:
FB 15 Chris Latham
RW 14 Clyde Rathbone
OC 13 Stirling Mortlock
IC 12 Matt Giteau
LW 11 Lote Tuqiri
FH 10 Stephen Larkham   69'
SH 9 George Gregan (c)
N8 8 Wycliff Palu
OF 7 Phil Waugh   78' to 80'
BF 6 Rocky Elsom   67'
RL 5 Daniel Vickerman
LL 4 Nathan Sharpe
TP 3 Rodney Blake   69'
HK 2 Jeremy Paul
LP 1 Greg Holmes
Substitutions:
HK 16 Tai McIsaac
LP 17 Al Baxter   69'
RL 18 Mark Chisholm   67'
N8 19 George Smith
SH 20 Brett Sheehan
FH 21 Mark Gerrard
RW 22 Mat Rogers   69'
Coach:
  John Connolly

Week 7Edit

26 August 2006
15:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa   26–45   New Zealand
Tries: du Preez 10' m
Fourie (2) 63' m, 70' c
Con: Pretorius
Pen: Montgomery (2) 1', 48'
James 3'
Tries: Tialata 36' c
McAlister 45' c
Sivivatu 55' m
Muliaina 57' c
Gear 75' c
Con: Carter (4)
Pen: Carter (4) 6', 21', 40+6', 43'
 
SOUTH AFRICA:
FB 15 Percy Montgomery   61'
RW 14 Akona Ndungane
OC 13 Jaque Fourie
IC 12 Jean de Villiers   77'
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Butch James   59'
SH 9 Fourie du Preez
N8 8 Jacques Cronjé
OF 7 Pierre Spies
BF 6 Solomzi Tyibilika   47'
RL 5 Victor Matfield   61'
LL 4 Johann Muller
TP 3 CJ van der Linde   23'
HK 2 John Smit (c)
LP 1 Os du Randt   78'
Substitutions:
HK 16 Mahlatse Ralepelle   78'
LP 17 BJ Botha   23'
RL 18 Albert van den Berg   61'
N8 19 Pedrie Wannenburg   47'
SH 20 Ruan Pienaar   61'
FH 21 Wynand Olivier   77'
FB 22 Andre Pretorius   59'
Coach:
  Jake White
 
 
NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Leon MacDonald   12'
RW 14 Rico Gear
OC 13 Mils Muliaina
IC 12 Luke McAlister   64'
LW 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu
FH 10 Dan Carter
SH 9 Piri Weepu   63'
N8 8 Chris Masoe   51'
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Reuben Thorne
RL 5 Ali Williams
LL 4 Greg Rawlinson   47'
TP 3 Greg Somerville   16'
HK 2 Anton Oliver   59'
LP 1 Neemia Tialata
Substitutions:
HK 16 Keven Mealamu   59'
TP 17 Tony Woodcock   16'
RL 18 Chris Jack   47'
N8 19 Jerry Collins   51'
SH 20 Jimmy Cowan   63'
FH 21 Sam Tuitupou   64'
RW 22 Isaia Toeava   12'
Coach:
  Graham Henry

Week 8Edit

2 September 2006
15:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa   21–20   New Zealand
Tries: Habana 24' c
Wannenburg 53' m
Con: Pretorius
Pen: Pretorius (3) 6', 17', 78'
Tries: Carter 20' c
Rokocoko 66' c
Con: Carter (2)
Pen: Carter (2) 10', 40'
 
SOUTH AFRICA:
FB 15 Jaque Fourie
RW 14 Akona Ndungane   50'
OC 13 Wynand Olivier
IC 12 Jean de Villiers
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Andre Pretorius
SH 9 Fourie du Preez   53'
N8 8 AJ Venter
OF 7 Pierre Spies
BF 6 Pedrie Wannenburg
RL 5 Victor Matfield
LL 4 Johann Muller
TP 3 BJ Botha
HK 2 John Smit (c)
LP 1 Os du Randt   23'   29'   73'
Substitutions:
HK 16 Mahlatse Ralepelle
LP 17 Lawrence Sephaka   23'   29'   73'
RL 18 Albert van den Berg
N8 19 Jacques Cronjé
SH 20 Ruan Pienaar   53'
FH 21 Butch James
FB 22 Breyton Paulse   50'
Coach:
  Jake White
 
 
NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Doug Howlett
RW 14 Joe Rokocoko
OC 13 Mils Muliaina
IC 12 Aaron Mauger
LW 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu   61'
FH 10 Dan Carter
SH 9 Jimmy Cowan   61'
N8 8 Rodney So'oialo
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)   48'   51'
BF 6 Jerry Collins
RL 5 Ali Williams
LL 4 Chris Jack   57'
TP 3 Carl Hayman
HK 2 Andrew Hore   61'
LP 1 Tony Woodcock   64'
Substitutions:
HK 16 Anton Oliver   61'
TP 17 Neemia Tialata   64'
RL 18 Jason Eaton   57'
N8 19 Marty Holah   48'   51'
SH 20 Byron Kelleher   61'
FH 21 Luke McAlister
RW 22 Rico Gear   61'
Coach:
  Graham Henry

Week 9Edit

9 September 2006
15:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa   24–16   Australia
Tries: du Preez 57' c
Paulse 71' m
Con: Pretorius
Pen: Pretorius (3) 37', 42', 48'
Drop: Pretorius 53'
Try: Larkham 44' c
Con: Mortlock
Pen: Mortlock (3) 17', 60', 62'
 
SOUTH AFRICA:
FB 15 JP Pietersen
RW 14 Akona Ndungane   41'
OC 13 Jaque Fourie
IC 12 Jean de Villiers
LW 11 Wynand Olivier
FH 10 Andre Pretorius
SH 9 Fourie du Preez   83'
N8 8 Pedrie Wannenburg
OF 7 AJ Venter   72'
BF 6 Pierre Spies
RL 5 Victor Matfield   83'
LL 4 Johann Muller
TP 3 BJ Botha
HK 2 John Smit (c)
LP 1 Os du Randt   80'
Substitutions:
HK 16 Mahlatse Ralepelle
LP 17 Lawrence Sephaka   80'
RL 18 Albert van den Berg   83'
N8 19 Jacques Cronjé   72'
SH 20 Ruan Pienaar   83'
FH 21 Butch James
FB 22 Breyton Paulse   41'
Coach:
  Jake White
 
 
AUSTRALIA:
FB 15 Chris Latham
RW 14 Clyde Rathbone
OC 13 Stirling Mortlock
IC 12 Matt Giteau
LW 11 Cameron Shepherd   59'
FH 10 Stephen Larkham   80'
SH 9 George Gregan (c)   79'
N8 8 Wycliff Palu   79'
OF 7 Phil Waugh
BF 6 Rocky Elsom   58'
RL 5 Daniel Vickerman
LL 4 Nathan Sharpe
TP 3 Rodney Blake   66'   85'
HK 2 Jeremy Paul   88'
LP 1 Benn Robinson   85'
Substitutions:
HK 16 Tai McIsaac   88'
LP 17 Al Baxter   66'
RL 18 Mark Chisholm   58'
N8 19 George Smith   79'
SH 20 Brett Sheehan   79'
FH 21 Mark Gerrard   59'
RW 22 Scott Staniforth   80'
Coach:
  John Connolly
Tri Nations
2006 Winners
 
New Zealand
Seventh Title

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