Junior All Blacks

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Junior All Blacks
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Union New Zealand Rugby Union
Emblem(s) Silver fern
Most caps Anthony Tuitavake (13)
Top scorer Stephen Donald (59)
Most tries Hosea Gear
Anthony Tuitavake (8)
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Team kit
First international
Flag of New Zealand.svg Junior All Blacks 23–19 Australia A Flag of Australia (converted).svg
(26 June 2005)
Largest win
Flag of New Zealand.svg Junior All Blacks 57–8 Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg
(2 June 2007)
Official website

The Junior All Blacks were a New Zealand rugby union team.


The Junior All Blacks were introduced as the under 23 years old (U23) age grade side in 1958 and played as such until 1980. In 1998 the team played a touring England side as New Zealand A. In 2006, the team was formally reintroduced and repurposed as the second national team behind the New Zealand national rugby union team and for all intents and purposes, they were the "New Zealand A" team [1] [ dead link ] when they competed in the inaugural Pacific Nations Cup alongside Fiji, Japan, Samoa and Tonga. In 2007 Australia A joined the competition. In 2008, the New Zealand Māori team replaced the Junior All Blacks in the competition. The New Zealand Rugby Union had decided that the New Zealand Māori needed to play more matches at home and that the Junior All Blacks would not be assembled in 2008 for reasons of "player welfare." [2] The Junior All Blacks returned for the 2009 tournament but were disbanded shortly afterwards. No New Zealand team has participated in the Pacific Nations Cup since then.


2 March 1958 Japan 3-34Won
9 March 1958 Japan 6-32Won
23 March 1958 Japan 3-56Won
3 June 1968 Japan 23-19Lost
19 May 1974 Japan 31-55Won
30 August 1975 Romania 10-10Drew
5 July 1980 Italy 13-30Won
13 June 1998 England 10-18Won as New Zealand A
3 June 2006 Fiji 17-35Won
9 June 2006 Samoa 12-56Won
17 June 2006 Tonga 10-38Won
24 June 2006 Japan 8-38Won
26 May 2007 Samoa 10-31Won
2 June 2007 Fiji 8-57Won
9 June 2007 Tonga 12-39Won
16 June 2007 Australia A 0-50Won
23 June 2007 Japan 3-51Won
12 June 2009 Samoa 16-17Won
18 June 2009 Fiji 17-45Won
23 June 2009 Japan 21-52Won
2 July 2009 Tonga 25-47Won


OpponentPlayedWonLostDrawnWin %ForAgaDiff
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia A 1100100.00%500+50
Flag of England.svg  England 1100100.00%1810+8
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 3300100.00%13742+95
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1100100.00%3013+17
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 871087.50%33798+239
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 100150.00%1010-
Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 3300100.00%10438+66
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 3300100.00%12447+77

Home grounds

The Junior All Blacks played 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

GroundOpponentFirst TestLast TestNumber of TestsWin Percentage
Carisbrook, Dunedin, South Island Japan200620072100%
North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, North Island Samoa200620061100%
Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth, North Island Tonga200620062100%

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  1. Junior All Blacks
  2. "New Zealand Maori to join IRB Pacific Nations Cup". allblacks.com. 26 September 2007. Archived from the original on 23 December 2007. Retrieved 17 January 2008.