New Zealand national under-20 rugby union team

The New Zealand Under 20's Rugby Team are the representative Rugby Union team from New Zealand. They replace the two former age grade teams Under 19s and Under 21s. Their first tournament was the 2008 IRB Junior World Championship, which they won after defeating England 38–3 in the final.[1] They have gone on to also win the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2017 World Rugby Under 20's Championship. The team also competes in the Oceania U20 Championship as of 2015. The New Zealand under 20s have been nicknamed the "Baby Blacks" after the youthful All Blacks side which played in 1986.

New Zealand
New Zealand national under-20 rugby union team logo.svg
UnionNew Zealand Rugby Union
Nickname(s)Baby Blacks
Coach(es)New Zealand Tom Donnelly
Top scorerNew Zealand Trent Renata (59)
Most triesNew Zealand Zac Guildford/Tevita Li (8)
Team kit
First international
New Zealand New Zealand 48–9 Tonga Tonga
(6 June 2008)
Largest win
New Zealand New Zealand 92–0 Wales Wales
(14 June 2011)
Largest defeat
Australia Australia 24–0 New Zealand New Zealand
(5 May 2019)
World Cup
Appearances12 (First in 2008)
Best resultChampions 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2017

OverallEdit

Summary for all matches played by the New Zealand Under-20's up until 11 July 2022

Opposition Played Won Drawn Lost % Won
  Argentina 5 5 0 0 100%
  Australia 1311 0 2 85%
  England 6 5 0 1 83%
  Fiji 7 7 0 0 100%
  France 3 2 0 1 67%
  Georgia 2 2 0 0 100%
  Ireland 8 7 0 1 88%
  Italy 2 2 0 0 100%
  Japan 3 3 0 0 100%
  Samoa 5 5 0 0 100%
  Scotland 4 4 0 0 100%
  South Africa 7 1 0 6 14%
  Tonga 2 2 0 0 100%
  Uruguay 1 1 0 0 100%
  Wales 9 7 0 2 78%
Total 77 64 0 13 83%

ResultsEdit

2022Edit

2022 Oceania Championship – (1st place)Edit

Match Score Opposition
Round 1 74-5   Fiji
Round 2 32-9   Argentina
Round 3 69-12   Australia

2021Edit

On 17 July they beat the Cook Islands national rugby union team by a score of 73-0. [2]

2020Edit

No competition.

2019Edit

2019 World Championship – (7th place)Edit

Match Score Opposition
Pool match 45–13   Georgia
Pool match 52–33   Scotland
Pool match 17–25   South Africa
Play-off 7–8   Wales
7th place game 40–17   Ireland

2019 Oceania Championship – (2nd place)Edit

Match Score Opposition
Round 1 53–7   Fiji
Round 2 87–12   Japan
Round 3 0–24   Australia

2018Edit

2018 World Championship – (4th place)Edit

Match Score Opposition
Pool match 67–0   Japan
Pool match 42–10   Wales
Pool match 27–18   Australia
Semi-final 7–16   France
3rd place game 30–40   South Africa

2018 Oceania Championship – (1st place)Edit

Match Score Opposition
Round 1 97–0   Tonga
Round 2 55–15   Fiji
Round 3 43–28   Australia

2017Edit

2017 World Championship – (1st place)Edit

Match Score Opposition
Pool match 42–20   Scotland
Pool match 68–26   Italy
Pool match 69–3   Ireland
Semi-final 39–26   France
Final 64–17   England

2017 Oceania Championship – (1st place)Edit

Match Score Opposition
Round 1 63–3   Fiji
Round 2 80–23   Samoa
Round 3 43–6   Australia

2016Edit

2016 World Championship – (5th place)Edit

Match Score Opposition
Pool match 55–0   Georgia
Pool match 24–33   Ireland
Pool match 18–17   Wales
Play-off 71–12   Wales
5th place play-off 55–24   Australia

2016 Oceania Championship – (1st place)Edit

Match Score Opposition
Match 1 30–10   Australia
Match 2 24–25   Australia

2015Edit

2015 World Championship – (1st place)Edit

Match Score Opposition
Pool match 68–10   Scotland
Pool match 32–29   Argentina
Pool match 25–3   Ireland
Semi-final 45–7   France
Final 21–14   England

2015 Oceania Championship – (1st place)Edit

Match Score Opposition
Round 1 75–0   Japan
Round 2 36–14   Samoa
Round 3 46–29   Australia

2008 to 2014Edit

IRB World Championships 2008 to 2014

2014 World Championship – (3rd place)Edit

Match Score Opposition
Pool match 48–12   Samoa
Pool match 24–33   South Africa
Pool match 54–7   Scotland
Semi-final 25–32   South Africa
3rd place game 45–23   Ireland

2013 World Championship – (4th place)Edit

Match Score Opposition
Pool match 59–6   Fiji
Pool match 14–10   Australia
Pool match 31–26   Ireland
Semi-final 21–33   England
3rd place game 34–41   South Africa

2012 World Championship – (2nd place)Edit

Match Score Opposition
Pool match 63–0   Samoa
Pool match 6–9   Wales
Pool match 33–12   Fiji
Semi-final 30–6   Wales
Final 16–22   South Africa

The team's first-ever loss was 6–9 to Wales in 2012.

2011 World Championship – (1st place)Edit

Match Score Opposition
Pool match 64–7   Italy
Pool match 92–0   Wales
Pool match 48–15   Argentina
Semi-final 37–7   Australia
Final 33–22   England

2010 World Championship – (1st place)Edit

Match Score Opposition
Pool match 44–11   Fiji
Pool match 77–7   Samoa
Pool match 43–10   Wales
Semi-final 36–7   South Africa
Final 62–17   Australia

2009 World Championship – (1st place)Edit

Match Score Opposition
Pool match 75–0   Uruguay
Pool match 17–0   Ireland
Pool match 48–9   Argentina
Semi-final 31–17   Australia
Final 44–28   England

2008 World Championship – (1st place)Edit

Match Score Opposition
Pool match 48–9   Tonga
Pool match 65–10   Ireland
Pool match 60–0   Argentina
Semi-final 31–6   Wales
Final 38–3   England

SquadsEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were named in the New Zealand Under-20 squad for the Oceania Rugby Under 20 Championship 2022.

2022 New Zealand Under-20 Rugby Union Team
Name Club Province
Josh Bartlett Chiefs Bay Of Plenty
Josh Beehre Blues

Auckland

George Bell Crusaders Canterbury
Joe Brial Crusaders Canterbury
Tahlor Cahill Crusaders

Canterbury

Seb Calder Crusaders

Canterbury

Oliver Haig Highlanders

Otago

Jamie Hannah Crusaders Canterbury
Fabian Holland Highlanders Otago
Peter Lakai Hurricanes Wellington
Siale Lauaki Hurricanes Wellington
Hayden Michaels Highlanders Southland
Lavengamonu Moli Crusaders Tasman
Viliami Napa'a Crusaders Tasman
Wallace Sititi Crusaders Tasman
Mason Tupaea Chiefs Waikato
Raymond Tuputupu Hurricanes Manawatu
Lucas Cashmore Chiefs Bay Of Plenty
Harry Godfrey Hurricanes Hawkes Bay
Riley Higgins Hurricanes

Wellington

Noah Hotham Crusaders

Tasman

Finn Hurley Highlanders Otago
Joel Lam Crusaders Canterbury
Adam Lennox Chiefs Taranaki
Cameron Millar Highlanders Otago
Mackay Springer Crusaders Tasman
Jone Rova Crusaders Canterbury
Jake Te Hiwi Highlanders Otago
Essendon Tuitupou Blues Auckland
Nik Vikena Crusaders Tasman

CoachesEdit

Due to the U20 category only existing since the combining of the U19 and U21 age-groups in 2007, the following table only includes coaches appointed since. In the inaugural tournament in 2008, Dave Rennie and Russell Hilton-Jones served as Co-Coaches in charge of the team. Craig Philpott is the longest serving Coach.

For the 2022 season Tom Donnelly is the Head Coach with Cory Jane and Scott Hansen as assistants.

Name Years Tests Won Drew Lost Win percentage
  Dave Rennie 2008 5 5 0 0 100% 100%
2009-10 10 10 0 0 100%
  Russell Hilton-Jones 2008 5 5 0 0 100%
  Mark Anscombe 2011 5 5 0 0 100%
  Rob Penney 2012 5 3 0 2 60%
  Chris Boyd 2013-14 10 6 0 4 60%
  Scott Robertson 2015-16 15 14 0 1 93%
  Craig Philpott 2017-19 24 19 0 5 79%
  Tom Donnelly 2022- 3 3 0 0 100%

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Clutton, Graham. "Final: New Zealand 38–3 England". irb.com. Archived from the original on 2014-04-24. Retrieved 2008-07-22.
  2. ^ NEW ZEALAND UNDER 20 READY FOR HOME CAMPAIGN

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