New Zealand national under-20 rugby union team

The New Zealand national under-20 rugby union team, nicknamed the Baby Blacks, is the representative rugby union team from New Zealand. It replaced the two former age grade teams: the under-19s and the 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 World Rugby Under 20 Championship in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2017. 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
UnionNew Zealand Rugby
Nickname(s)Baby Blacks
Coach(es)Jono Gibbes
Top scorerTrent Renata (59)
Most triesZac Guildford and Tevita Li (8)
Team kit
First international
New Zealand 48–9 Tonga
(6 June 2008; Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff)
Largest win
New Zealand 92–0 Wales
(14 June 2011; Rugby Rovigo Delta, Rovigo)
Largest defeat
Australia 24–0 New Zealand
(5 May 2019; Bond Sports Park, Gold Coast)
World Cup
Appearances12 (First in 2008)
Best resultChampions (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2017)

Overall edit

Summary of all matches played by the New Zealand Under-20s as of 15 July 2023

Opposition Played Won Drawn Lost % Won
  Argentina 5 5 0 0 100%
  Australia 16 12 0 4 75%
  England 6 5 0 1 83%
  Fiji 7 7 0 0 100%
  France 4 2 0 2 50%
  Georgia 3 3 0 0 100%
  Ireland 8 7 0 1 88%
  Italy 2 2 0 0 100%
  Japan 4 4 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 10 8 0 2 80%
Total 84 68 0 16 81%

World Rugby U20 Championship record edit

Year Round Position Pld W D L PF PA
  2008 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 242 28
  2009 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 215 54
  2010 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 262 52
  2011 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 274 51
  2012 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 0 2 148 49
  2013 Semi-finals 4th 5 3 0 2 159 116
  2014 Semi-finals 3rd 5 3 0 2 196 107
  2015 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 191 63
  2016 5th place 5th 5 4 0 1 223 86
  2017 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 282 92
  2018 Semi-finals 4th 5 3 0 2 173 84
  2019 7th place 7th 5 3 0 2 161 96
  2023 7th place 7th 5 3 0 2 188 150
Total 13/13 6 titles 65 52 0 13 2,714 1,028

Oceania Rugby U20 Championship record edit

Year Round Position Pld W D L PF PA
  2015 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 157 43
  2016 Champions 1st 2 1 0 1 54 35
  2017 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 186 32
  2018 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 195 43
  2019 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 140 43
  2022 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 175 26
Total 6/6 5 titles 17 15 0 2 907 222

Players edit

Recent squads edit

2024 edit

On 10 April 2024 a squad was announced for the inaugural U20 Rugby Championship in Australia.[2]

Player Position Region/Province
A-One Lolofie Highlanders, Otago
Andrew Smith Flanker Chiefs, Waikato
Ben O’Donovan Half-back Crusaders, Canterbury
Cameron Christie Lock Blues, North Harbour
Cooper Grant 1st Five-eighth Crusaders, Tasman
Dylan Pledger Half-back Highlanders, Otago
Frank Vaenuku Wing Chiefs, Bay of Plenty
Giancarlo Tuivailala Centre Chiefs, Waikato
Isaac Hutchinson Fullback Crusaders, Canterbury
Jeremiah Avei-Collins Hurricanes, Wellington
Jonathan Lee Flanker Crusaders, Canterbury
Josh Whaanga Centre Highlanders, Otago
Joshua Smith Prop Hurricanes, Hawke’s Bay
King Maxwell Wing Blues, Auckland
Konradd Newland Prop Hurricanes, Hawke’s Bay
Kurene Luamanuvae Blues, Auckland
Liam Jack Lock Crusaders, Canterbury
Malachi Wrampling-Alec No 8 Chiefs, Waikato
Manumaua Letiu Crusaders, Canterbury
Matt Lowe Flanker Crusaders, Tasman
Mosese Bason Hurricanes, Manawatū
Rico Simpson 1st Five-eighth Blues, Auckland
Sam Coles Fullback Hurricanes, Manawatū
Sika Pole Blues, Auckland
Stanley Solomon Wing Hurricanes, Wellington
Toby Bell Crusaders, Canterbury
Tofuka Paongo 2nd five-eighth Hurricanes, Wellington
Tom Allen Lock Hurricanes, Hawke’s Bay
Tristyn Cook Blues, North Harbour
Vernon Bason Hooker Hurricanes, Manawatū
William Martin Prop Chiefs, Waikato
Xavi Taele 2nd five-eighth/centre Blues, Auckland

Non-travelling reserves named were:

  • Logan Wallace (Hurricanes, Manawatū)
  • Nathaniel Pole (Blues, Auckland)
  • Riley Williams (Blues, Auckland)
  • Tai Cribb (Chiefs, Waikato)
  • Tofuka Paongo was initially named as a non-travelling reserve but was subsequently selected to play in the match against Argentina U20.[3]

2023 edit

On 14 April 2023, a squad was announced for a two-match series against Australia on 29 May and 3 June 2023 in Wellington.[4] From that wider squad, the following group was selected for the 2023 World Rugby U20 Championship:[5]

Player Position Province
Vernon Bason Hooker Manawatu
Jack Taylor Hooker Southland
Raymond Tuputupu Hooker Manawatu
Ben Ake Prop Auckland
Malakai Hala-Ngatai Prop Manawatu
Siale Lauaki Prop Wellington
Gabe Robinson Prop Waikato
Bradley Crichton Prop Wellington
Tom Allen Lock Hawke's Bay
Tahlor Cahill Lock Canterbury
Hunter Morrison Lock Hawke's Bay
Will Stodart Lock / loose forward Otago
Che Clark Flanker Auckland
Cooper Flanders Flanker Hawke's Bay
Sam Hainsworth-Fa’aofo Flanker Auckland
Peter Lakai Number 8 Wellington
Malachi Wrampling-Alec Flanker / number 8 Waikato
Jordi Viljoen Halfback Manawatu
Riley Williams Halfback Auckland
Noah Hotham (c) Halfback Tasman
Taha Kemara First five-eighth Waikato
Ajay Faleafaga First five-eighth Otago
Xavi Taele Midfield back Auckland
Leo Gordon Midfield back Auckland
Aki Tuivailala Midfield back Waikato
Caleb Tangitau Wing Auckland
Codemeru Vai Wing Bay of Plenty
Macca Springer Wing / fullback Tasman
Isaac Hutchinson Wing / fullback Canterbury
Harry Godfrey First five-eighth / fullback Hawke's Bay

Award winners edit

The following New Zealand U20s players have been recognised at the World Rugby Awards since 2008:[6]

World Rugby Junior Player of the Year
Year Nominees Winners
2008 Luke Braid Luke Braid
Chris Smith
2009 Aaron Cruden Aaron Cruden
Winston Stanley
2010 Tyler Bleyendaal Julian Savea
Julian Savea
2011 Sam Cane
Luke Whitelock
2013 Ardie Savea
2014 Tevita Li
2015 Akira Ioane
Tevita Li (2)
2016 Shaun Stevenson
2017 Tiaan Falcon
Will Jordan

Coaches edit

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 2023 season, Clark Laidlaw is the head coach, with Marty Bourke and Wesley Clarke as assistant coaches.

Coach Tenure P W D L W%
  Dave Rennie 2008 5 5 0 0 100%
  Russell Hilton-Jones 2008 5 5 0 0 100%
  Dave Rennie 2009–2010 10 10 0 0 100%
  Mark Anscombe 2011 5 5 0 0 100%
  Rob Penney 2012 5 3 0 2 60%
  Chris Boyd 2013–2014 10 6 0 4 60%
  Scott Robertson 2015–2016 15 14 0 1 93%
  Craig Philpott 2017–2019 24 19 0 5 79%
  Tom Donnelly 2022 3 3 0 0 100%
  Clark Laidlaw 2023 7 4 0 3 57%
  Jono Gibbes 2023– TBD.

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Clutton, Graham. "Final: New Zealand 38–3 England". irb.com. Archived from the original on 24 April 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2008.
  2. ^ "Rising stars named in New Zealand Under 20 Rugby Championship squad". allblacks.com. April 10, 2024.
  3. ^ "Stuff". www.stuff.co.nz.
  4. ^ "New Zealand Under 20 wider squad announced". allblacks.com (Press release). 14 April 2023. Retrieved 6 June 2023.
  5. ^ "New Zealand Under 20 squad named for the World Rugby U20 Championship". allblacks.com (Press release). 6 June 2023. Retrieved 6 June 2023.
  6. ^ "Awards Roll of Honour - World Rugby". www.world.rugby. Retrieved 16 March 2024.

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