Junior All Blacks

The Junior All Blacks were a New Zealand rugby union team.

Junior All Blacks
Junior All Blacks logo.svg
UnionNew Zealand Rugby Union
Emblem(s)Silver fern
Disbanded2009
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 Junior All Blacks were introduced as the under 23 years old (U23) age grade side in 1958 and played as such until 1980. In 1998 the team played a touring England side as New Zealand A. In 2006, the team was formally reintroduced and repurposed as the second national team behind the New Zealand national rugby union team and for all intents and purposes, they were the "New Zealand A" team[1][dead link] when they competed in the inaugural Pacific Nations Cup alongside Fiji, Japan, Samoa and Tonga. In 2007 Australia A joined the competition. In 2008, the New Zealand Māori team replaced the Junior All Blacks in the competition. The New Zealand Rugby Union had decided that the New Zealand Māori needed to play more matches at home and that the Junior All Blacks would not be assembled in 2008 for reasons of "player welfare."[2] The Junior All Blacks returned for the 2009 tournament but were disbanded shortly afterwards. No New Zealand team has participated in the Pacific Nations Cup since then.

ResultsEdit

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
3 June 2006 Fiji 17-35 Won
9 June 2006 Samoa 12-56 Won
17 June 2006 Tonga 10-38 Won
24 June 2006 Japan 8-38 Won
26 May 2007 Samoa 10-31 Won
2 June 2007 Fiji 8-57 Won
9 June 2007 Tonga 12-39 Won
16 June 2007 Australia A 0-50 Won
23 June 2007 Japan 3-51 Won
12 June 2009 Samoa 16-17 Won
18 June 2009 Fiji 17-45 Won
23 June 2009 Japan 21-52 Won
2 July 2009 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 played 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 Opponent First Test Last Test Number of Tests Win Percentage
Carisbrook, Dunedin, South Island Japan 2006 2007 2 100%
North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, North Island Samoa 2006 2006 1 100%
Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth, North Island Tonga 2006 2006 2 100%
TOTAL 5 100%

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Junior All Blacks
  2. ^ "New Zealand Maori to join IRB Pacific Nations Cup". allblacks.com. 26 September 2007. Archived from the original on 23 December 2007. Retrieved 17 January 2008.