Junior All Blacks

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Junior All Blacks
Junior allblacks logo.png
Union New Zealand Rugby Union
Emblem(s) Silver fern
Coach(es) Colin Cooper
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.

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.[1]

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 World Rugby.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Hika Elliot Hooker (1986-01-22) 22 January 1986 (age 30) 3 New Zealand Chiefs
Ged Robinson Hooker (1983-06-20) 20 June 1983 (age 33) 0 New Zealand Hurricanes
Ben Franks Prop (1984-03-27) 27 March 1984 (age 32) 3 New Zealand Crusaders
Owen Franks Prop (1987-12-23) 23 December 1987 (age 28) 0 New Zealand Crusaders
Jamie Mackintosh Prop (1985-02-20) 20 February 1985 (age 31) 2 New Zealand Chiefs
John Schwalger Prop (1983-09-28) 28 September 1983 (age 32) 7 New Zealand Hurricanes
Craig Clarke Lock (1983-08-01) 1 August 1983 (age 32) 2 New Zealand Chiefs
Jeremy Thrush Lock (1985-04-19) 19 April 1985 (age 31) 3 New Zealand Hurricanes
Victor Vito Flanker (1987-03-27) 27 March 1987 (age 29) 4 New Zealand Hurricanes
George Whitelock Flanker (1986-03-27) 27 March 1986 (age 30) 1 New Zealand Crusaders
Alby Mathewson Scrum-half (1985-12-13) 13 December 1985 (age 30) 2 New Zealand Hurricanes
Colin Slade Fly-half (1987-10-10) 10 October 1987 (age 28) 4 New Zealand Crusaders
Ryan Crotty Centre (1988-09-23) 23 September 1988 (age 27) 3 New Zealand Crusaders
Robbie Fruean Centre (1988-07-13) 13 July 1988 (age 28) 2 New Zealand Hurricanes
Tamati Ellison (c) Centre (1983-04-01) 1 April 1983 (age 33) 7 New Zealand Hurricanes
Hosea Gear Wing (1984-03-16) 16 March 1984 (age 32) 4 New Zealand Chiefs
Israel Dagg Fullback (1988-07-06) 6 July 1988 (age 28) 3 New Zealand Crusaders

1958 - 1998[edit]

Date Opposition Junior All Blacks Notes
2 March 1958 Japan 3 JAB 34
9 March 1958 Japan 6 JAB 32
23 March 1958 Japan 3 JAB 56
3 June 1968 Japan 23 JAB 19
19 May 1974 Japan 31 JAB 55
30 August 1975 Romania 10 JAB 10
5 July 1980 Italy 13 JAB 30
13 June 1998 England 10 JAB 18 as New Zealand A

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

Overall[edit]

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