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.
|Union||New Zealand Rugby Union|
|Most caps||Anthony Tuitavake (13)|
|Top scorer||Stephen Donald (59)|
|Most tries||Hosea Gear|
Anthony Tuitavake (8)
| Junior All Blacks 23–19 Australia A |
(26 June 2005)
| Junior All Blacks 57–8 Fiji |
(2 June 2007)
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.
Squad for the 2009 IRB Pacific Nations Cup:
- Craig Clarke and John Schwalger called up to the squad as cover for Owen Franks and Bryn Evans after they were called up to the full squad, Clarke takes Evans place as he took his All Black place permanently.
- Stephen Brett takes McAlister's place after he was called up to the senior squad.
- Alando Soakai was also brought into the squad as Karl Lowe went on temporary paternity leave.
- James McGougan was called up as cover for an eye injury to Jamie Mackintosh. If Mackintosh is able to play he will rejoin the squad.
- Alby Mathewson did not travel to Samoa because of a shoulder injury, he will re-join the squad if he re-covers. Sean Romans takes his place.
- Lelia Masaga also called up to the full squad and was replaced by Callum Bruce. Ged Robinson was called up as cover for Aled de Malmanche who was called up to the All Blacks. George Whitelock was additionally called up by the All Blacks, as Karl Lowe returns to the squad.
- Jason Macdonald was called into the squad to replace Ged Robinson, who was feeling unwell.
- Head Coach: Colin Cooper, Ian Foster
- Caps Updated: 8 July 2015
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1958 - 1998Edit
The Junior All Blacks play their Test matches at a variety of venues throughout New Zealand.
Venues of Junior All Black Tests in New ZealandEdit