Junior All Blacks

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Junior All Blacks
Junior allblacks logo.png
Union New Zealand Rugby Union
Nickname(s) Baby Blacks
Emblem(s) Silver fern
Coach(es) New Zealand Colin Cooper
New Zealand Ian Foster
Captain(s) Tamati Ellison
Most caps Anthony Tuitavake (13)
Top scorer Stephen Donald (59)
Most tries Hosea 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 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

They competed in the inaugural Pacific Nations Cup alongside Fiji, Japan, Samoa and Tonga. In 2007 Australia A joined the competition. They are currently coached by Colin Cooper and Ian Foster.

Squad[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

Squad for the 2009 IRB Pacific Nations Cup:


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

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Hikawera Elliot Hooker (1986-01-22) 22 January 1986 (age 28) 3 New Zealand Chiefs
Jason MacDonald Hooker (1980-11-03) 3 November 1980 (age 33) 1 New Zealand Crusaders
Jacob Ellison Prop (1985-02-25) 25 February 1985 (age 29) 2 New Zealand Hurricanes
Ben Franks Prop (1984-03-27) 27 March 1984 (age 30) 3 New Zealand Crusaders
Jamie Mackintosh Prop (1985-02-20) 20 February 1985 (age 29) 2 New Zealand Highlanders
John Schwalger Prop (1983-09-28) 28 September 1983 (age 30) 7 New Zealand Hurricanes
Craig Clarke Lock (1983-08-01) 1 August 1983 (age 30) 2 New Zealand Chiefs
Tom Donnelly Lock (1981-10-01) 1 October 1981 (age 32) 11 New Zealand Highlanders
Jason Eaton Lock (1982-08-21) 21 August 1982 (age 31) 4 New Zealand Hurricanes
Jeremy Thrush Lock (1985-04-19) 19 April 1985 (age 29) 3 New Zealand Hurricanes
Karl Lowe Flanker (1984-09-17) 17 September 1984 (age 29) 3 New Zealand Hurricanes
Alando Soakai Flanker (1983-05-11) 11 May 1983 (age 31) 4 New Zealand Highlanders
Victor Vito Flanker (1987-03-27) 27 March 1987 (age 27) 4 New Zealand Hurricanes
George Whitelock Flanker (1986-03-27) 27 March 1986 (age 28) 1 New Zealand Crusaders
Sione Lauaki Number 8 (1981-06-22) 22 June 1981 (age 33) 5 New Zealand Chiefs
Alby Mathewson Scrum-half (1985-12-13) 13 December 1985 (age 28) 2 New Zealand Hurricanes
Sean Romans Scrum-half (1985-07-27) 27 July 1985 (age 28) 2 New Zealand Highlanders
Chris Smylie Scrum-half (1982-03-22) 22 March 1982 (age 32) 3 New Zealand Blues
Stephen Brett Fly-half (1985-11-23) 23 November 1985 (age 28) 9 New Zealand Crusaders
Colin Slade Fly-half (1987-10-10) 10 October 1987 (age 26) 4 New Zealand Crusaders
Callum Bruce Centre (1983-06-09) 9 June 1983 (age 31) 1 New Zealand Chiefs
Ryan Crotty Centre (1988-09-23) 23 September 1988 (age 25) 3 New Zealand Crusaders
Robbie Fruean Centre (1988-07-13) 13 July 1988 (age 26) 2 New Zealand Hurricanes
Tamati Ellison (c) Centre (1983-04-01) 1 April 1983 (age 31) 7 New Zealand Hurricanes
Hosea Gear Wing (1984-03-16) 16 March 1984 (age 30) 4 New Zealand Hurricanes
Rene Ranger Wing (1986-09-30) 30 September 1986 (age 27) 3 New Zealand Blues
Anthony Tuitavake Wing (1982-02-12) 12 February 1982 (age 32) 13 New Zealand Blues
Israel Dagg Fullback (1988-07-06) 6 July 1988 (age 26) 3 New Zealand Crusaders

Recent Call Ups[edit]

The following players have been in the Junior All Blacks squad during 2009 but are not in the current squad either due to injury or non-selection.
Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by the International Rugby Board.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Aled de Malmanche Hooker (1984-09-11) 11 September 1984 (age 29) 1 New Zealand Chiefs
Ged Robinson Hooker (1983-06-20) 20 June 1983 (age 31) 0 New Zealand Hurricanes
Owen Franks Prop (1987-12-23) 23 December 1987 (age 26) 0 New Zealand Crusaders
Bryn Evans Lock (1984-10-28) 28 October 1984 (age 29) 0 New Zealand Hurricanes
Luke McAlister Fly-half (1983-08-28) 28 August 1983 (age 30) 2 New Zealand Blues
Lelia Masaga Wing (1986-08-30) 30 August 1986 (age 27) 0 New Zealand Chiefs

2006 Programme[edit]

Date Opposition Junior All Blacks
3 June Fiji 17 JAB 35
9 June Samoa 12 JAB 56
17 June Tonga 10 JAB 38
24 June Japan 8 JAB 38

2007 Programme[edit]

Date Opposition Junior All Blacks
26 May Samoa 10 JAB 31
2 June Fiji 8 JAB 57
9 June Tonga 12 JAB 39
16 June Australia A 0 JAB 50
23 June Japan 3 JAB 51

2009 Programme[edit]

Date Opposition Junior All Blacks
12 June Samoa 16 JAB 17
18 June Fiji 17 JAB 45
23 June Japan 21 JAB 52
2 July Tonga 25 JAB 47

Home grounds[edit]

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 Zealand[edit]

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 also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "McAlister to work his way up". PlanetRugby.com. 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  2. ^ "McAlister back in the AB midfield". PlanetRugby.com. 2009-06-07. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  3. ^ "Tamati Ellison Named Captain Of Junior All Blacks". Voxy.co.nz. 2009-06-08. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  4. ^ "James-McGougan-earns-Junior-ABs-call-up". Stuff.co.nz. 2009-06-10. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  5. ^ "Strong Junior All Blacks line-up named". Yahoo.com. 2009-06-11. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  6. ^ "Robinson and Bruce to join Junior All Blacks". OceaniaRugby.com. 2009-06-14. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
  7. ^ "MacDonald to join Junior All Blacks". Stuff.co.nz. 2009-06-20. Retrieved 2009-07-02.