List of New Zealand national rugby union team player records

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The New Zealand national rugby union team have competed since 1884, and there are a number of individual records achieved since that time. The team is also known as the All Blacks, and have competed in Test rugby since their match against Australia in 1903. The world record for Test appearances is held by Richie McCaw—who played 148 Test matches for the team between 2001 and 2015. McCaw was also the first All Black to play over 100 Test matches; a record he achieved during the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The record for most Test points by an All Black is held by Dan Carter, who scored 1598 points between 2003 and 2015. The record for the number of Test tries is held by Doug Howlett, who scored 49 tries in 62 matches between 2000 and 2007.

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Most caps

#PlayerPosSpanMatStartSubWonLostDrawWin %
1 Richie McCaw Flanker 2001–2015148141713115289%
2 Keven Mealamu Hooker 2002–2015132775511416287%
3 Kieran Read Number 8 2008–2019127120710716486%
4 Sam Whitelock Lock 2010–1221022010314586%
5 Tony Woodcock Prop 2002–20151181051310215187%
6 Dan Carter Fly-half 2003–201511210669912189%
7 Owen Franks Prop 2009–201910898109113486%
8 Ma'a Nonu Centre 2003–201510387169110289%
9 Mils Muliaina Fullback 2003–20111009558416084%
10 Aaron Smith Scrum-half 2012–978988111586%

Current as of Argentina vs New Zealand, 28 November 2020. Statistics include officially capped matches only. Current All Blacks are indicated in bold type [1]

Most tries

#PlayerPositionCareer spanMatStartSubPtsTriesTries/
Match
1 Doug Howlett Wing 2000–200762557245490.79
2 Julian Savea Wing 2012–201754513230460.85
Christian Cullen Fullback 1996–200258562236460.79
Joe Rokocoko Wing 2003–201068662230460.68
5 Jeff Wilson Wing 1993–200160600234440.73
6 Ben Smith Fullback 2009–2019847212195390.46
7 Jonah Lomu Wing 1994–200263549185370.59
8 Beauden Barrett Fullback 2012–2020885830649360.41
Tana Umaga Centre 1997–200574731180360.49
10 John Kirwan Wing 1983–199463621143350.56

Current as of Argentina vs New Zealand, 28 November 2020. Statistics include officially capped matches only. Current All Blacks are indicated in bold type [2]

Most points

#PlayerCareer spanPtsCapsTriesConvPensDropAvg
1 Dan Carter 2003–2015159811229293281814.27
2 Andrew Mehrtens 1995–20049677071691881013.81
3 Beauden Barrett 2012–202065588361495527.38
4 Grant Fox 1985–1993645461118128714.02
5 Aaron Cruden 2010–2017322505635616.44
6 Carlos Spencer 1997–20042913514494108.31
7 Doug Howlett 2000–200724562490003.95
8 Christian Cullen 1996–200223658463004.07
9 Jeff Wilson 1993–200123460441313.9
10 Joe Rokocoko 2003–201023068460003.38
Julian Savea 2012–201723054460004.26

Current as of Argentina vs New Zealand, 28 November 2020. Statistics include officially capped matches only. Current All Blacks are indicated in bold type [3]

Most points in a match

#PlayerPositionPtsTriesConvPensDropResultOppositionDate
1. Simon Culhane Fly-half 4512000145–17Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 4 June 1995
2. Tony Brown Fly-half 3611130101–3Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 14 October 1999
3. Carlos Spencer Fly-half 332101093–8Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 21 June 1997
Andrew Mehrtens Fly-half 33156063–15IRFU flag.svg  Ireland 15 November 1997
Dan Carter Fly-half 33245048–18 British and Irish Lions 2 July 2005
Nick Evans Fly-half 3311400108–13Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 15 September 2007
7. Tony Brown Fly-half 3211210102–0Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 16 June 2000
8. Marc Ellis Centre 306000145–17Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 4 June 1995
Tony Brown Fly-half 30333050–6Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 16 June 2001
Beauden Barrett Fly-half 30450040–12Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 25 August 2018

Current as of Argentina vs New Zealand, 28 November 2020. Statistics include officially capped matches only. Current All Blacks are indicated in bold type [4]

Most tries in a match

#PlayerPositionTriesResultOppositionDate
1. Marc Ellis Centre 6145–17Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 4 June 1995
2. Jeff Wilson Wing 571–5Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 14 June 1997
3. Duncan McGregor Wing 415–0Flag of England.svg  England 2 December 1905
John Gallagher Fullback 474–13Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 27 May 1987
Craig Green Wing 474–13Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 27 May 1987
John Kirwan Wing 452–3Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 28 May 1988
Jonah Lomu Wing 445–29Flag of England.svg  England 18 June 1995
Christian Cullen Fullback 462–31Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 15 June 1996
Jeff Wilson Fullback 471–13Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 18 June 1999
Mils Muliaina Wing 468–6Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 17 October 2003
Sitiveni Sivivatu Wing 491–0Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 10 June 2005
Zac Guildford Wing 479–15Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2 October 2011
Beauden Barrett Fly-half 440–12Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 25 August 2018
Jordie Barrett Wing 466–3Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 24 November 2018
George Bridge Wing 492–7Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 7 September 2019

Current as of Argentina vs New Zealand, 28 November 2020. Statistics include officially capped matches only. Current All Blacks are indicated in bold type [5]

Most matches as captain

#PlayerSpanCapsTotal capsWin %
1. Richie McCaw 2004–201511014889.09%
2 Kieran Read 2012–20195212784.31%
3. Sean Fitzpatrick 1992–1997519277.45%
4. Wilson Whineray 1958–1965303278.33%
5. Reuben Thorne 2002–2007235086.95%
6. Taine Randell 1998–2002225156.81%
7. Tana Umaga 2004–2005217485.71%
8. Graham Mourie 1977–1982192178.94%
9. Brian Lochore 1966–1970182583.33%
10. Andy Dalton 1981–1985173588.23%

Current as of Argentina vs New Zealand, 28 November 2020. Statistics include officially capped matches only. Current All Blacks are indicated in bold type [6]

Youngest players

#PlayerAgeDOBDebutOpposition
1. Jonah Lomu 19 years 45 days12 May 197526 June 1994Flag of France.svg  France
2. Edgar Wrigley 19 years 79 days15 June 18862 September 1905Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
3. Pat Walsh 19 years 106 days6 May 193620 August 1955Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
4. John Kirwan 19 years 183 days16 December 196416 June 1984Flag of France.svg  France
5. George Nepia 19 years 190 days25 April 19051 November 1924IRFU flag.svg  Ireland
6. Billy Mitchell 19 years 211 days28 November 189027 June 1910Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
7. William Francis 19 years 221 days4 February 189413 September 1913Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
8. Rieko Ioane 19 years 239 days18 March 199712 November 2016Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
9. James Baird 19 years 270 days17 December 189313 September 1913Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
10. Neil Wolfe 19 years 275 days20 October 194122 July 1961Flag of France.svg  France

Current as of Argentina vs New Zealand, 28 November 2020. Statistics include officially capped matches only. Current All Blacks are indicated in bold type. [7]

Oldest players

#PlayerAgeDOBLast MatchOpposition
1. Ned Hughes 40 years 123 days26 April 188127 August 1921Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
2. Brad Thorn 36 years 262 days3 February 197523 October 2011Flag of France.svg  France
3. Keven Mealamu 36 years 225 days20 March 197931 October 2015Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
4. Frank Bunce 35 years 305 days4 February 19626 December 1997Flag of England.svg  England
5. John Ashworth 35 years 287 days15 September 194929 June 1985Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
6. Richard Loe 35 years 226 days6 April 196018 November 1995Flag of France.svg  France
7. Tane Norton 35 years 136 days30 March 194213 August 1977 British and Irish Lions
8. Andrew Hore 35 years 72 days13 September 197824 November 2013IRFU flag.svg  Ireland
Colin Meads 35 years 72 days3 June 193614 August 1971 British and Irish Lions
10. Charles Sonntag 35 years 51 days6 June 189427 July 1929Flag of France.svg  France

Current as of Argentina vs New Zealand, 28 November 2020. Statistics include officially capped matches only. Current All Blacks are indicated in bold type [8]

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