Junior All Blacks

The Junior All Blacks are a New Zealand rugby union team. The Junior All Blacks are not an age grade side, but the second national team behind the New Zealand national rugby union team. For all intents and purposes, they are the "New Zealand A" team.

Junior All Blacks
Junior All Blacks logo.svg
UnionNew Zealand Rugby Union
Emblem(s)Silver fern
Coach(es)Colin Cooper
Ian Foster
Captain(s)Tamati Ellison
Most capsAnthony Tuitavake (13)
Top scorerStephen Donald (59)
Most triesHosea Gear
Anthony Tuitavake (8)
Team kit
First international
New Zealand Junior All Blacks 23–19 Australia A Australia
(26 June 2005)
Largest win
New Zealand Junior All Blacks 57–8 Fiji 
(2 June 2007)
Official website
www.allblacks.com

The present team is actually the second incarnation of the Junior All Blacks. The first team was an age grade side, being players under 23 years old (U23), and played between 1958 and 1984. Additionally, the team played a tour match, as New Zealand A, against visiting England in 1998. The team was reintroduced and repurposed in 2006.[1]

They competed in the inaugural Pacific Nations Cup alongside Fiji, Japan, Samoa and Tonga. In 2007 Australia A joined the competition.

SquadEdit

Squad for the 2009 IRB Pacific Nations Cup:

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Hika Elliot Hooker (1986-01-22) 22 January 1986 (age 33) 3   Chiefs
Ged Robinson Hooker (1983-06-20) 20 June 1983 (age 36) 0   Hurricanes
Ben Franks Prop (1984-03-27) 27 March 1984 (age 35) 3   Crusaders
Owen Franks Prop (1987-12-23) 23 December 1987 (age 32) 0   Crusaders
Jamie Mackintosh Prop (1985-02-20) 20 February 1985 (age 34) 2   Chiefs
John Schwalger Prop (1983-09-28) 28 September 1983 (age 36) 7   Hurricanes
Craig Clarke Lock (1983-08-01) 1 August 1983 (age 36) 2   Chiefs
Jeremy Thrush Lock (1985-04-19) 19 April 1985 (age 34) 3   Hurricanes
Victor Vito Flanker (1987-03-27) 27 March 1987 (age 32) 4   Hurricanes
George Whitelock Flanker (1986-03-27) 27 March 1986 (age 33) 1   Crusaders
Alby Mathewson Scrum-half (1985-12-13) 13 December 1985 (age 34) 2   Hurricanes
Colin Slade Fly-half (1987-10-10) 10 October 1987 (age 32) 4   Crusaders
Ryan Crotty Centre (1988-09-23) 23 September 1988 (age 31) 3   Crusaders
Robbie Fruean Centre (1988-07-13) 13 July 1988 (age 31) 2   Hurricanes
Tamati Ellison (c) Centre (1983-04-01) 1 April 1983 (age 36) 7   Hurricanes
Hosea Gear Wing (1984-03-16) 16 March 1984 (age 35) 4   Chiefs
Israel Dagg Fullback (1988-07-06) 6 July 1988 (age 31) 3   Crusaders

1958 - 1998Edit

Date Opposition Score Result Notes
2 March 1958 Japan 3-34 Won
9 March 1958 Japan 6-32 Won
23 March 1958 Japan 3-56 Won
3 June 1968 Japan 23-19 Lost
19 May 1974 Japan 31-55 Won
30 August 1975 Romania 10-10 Drew
5 July 1980 Italy 13-30 Won
13 June 1998 England 10-18 Won as New Zealand A

2006 ProgrammeEdit

Date Opposition Score Result
3 June Fiji 17-35 Won
9 June Samoa 12-56 Won
17 June Tonga 10-38 Won
24 June Japan 8-38 Won

2007 ProgrammeEdit

Date Opposition Score Result
26 May Samoa 10-31 Won
2 June Fiji 8-57 Won
9 June Tonga 12-39 Won
16 June Australia A 0-50 Won
23 June Japan 3-51 Won

2009 ProgrammeEdit

Date Opposition Score Result
12 June Samoa 16-17 Won
18 June Fiji 17-45 Won
23 June Japan 21-52 Won
2 July Tonga 25-47 Won

OverallEdit

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
  Australia A 1 1 0 0 100.00% 50 0 +50
  England 1 1 0 0 100.00% 18 10 +8
  Fiji 3 3 0 0 100.00% 137 42 +95
  Italy 1 1 0 0 100.00% 30 13 +17
  Japan 8 7 1 0 87.50% 337 98 +239
  Romania 1 0 0 1 50.00% 10 10 -
  Samoa 3 3 0 0 100.00% 104 38 +66
  Tonga 3 3 0 0 100.00% 124 47 +77
Total 21 19 1 1 92.86% 810 258 +552

Home groundsEdit

The Junior All Blacks play their Test matches at a variety of venues throughout New Zealand.

North Harbour Stadium was the venue for the first Junior All Blacks Test match in New Zealand against Samoa in 2006.

Venues of Junior All Black Tests in New ZealandEdit

Ground First Test First Test Last Test Tests at that ground Win Percentage
Carisbrook, Dunedin, South Island 2006
v Japan
2006 2007 2 100%
North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, North Island 2006
v Samoa
2006 2006 1 100%
Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth, North Island 2006
v Tonga
2006 2006 2 100%
TOTAL 5 100%

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Junior All Blacks
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