The New Zealand Schools rugby union team is composed of secondary school students in New Zealand. Many of the players have gone on to play for international teams including many who have played for the New Zealand national team. Aaron Mauger, Malili Muliaina, Jerry Collins, Sam Tuitupou, and Joe Rokocoko all are examples of players who have progressed to international rugby.
2019 New Zealand Schools Team
Sir Gordon Frederick Tietjens is head coach of the Samoa rugby sevens team, and a celebrated former coach of the New Zealand men's national team in rugby sevens, the All Blacks Sevens. When the International Rugby Board inducted him into the IRB Hall of Fame in May 2012, it said that "Tietjens' roll of honour is without peer in Sevens, and perhaps in the Game of Rugby as a whole." According to Spiro Zavos, Tietjens is "The greatest of all the Sevens coaches".
The Māori All Blacks, previously called the New Zealand Māori, are a rugby union team from New Zealand. A representative team of the New Zealand Rugby Union, a prerequisite for playing in the team is that the player has Māori whakapapa (genealogy). In the past this rule was not strictly applied; non–Māori players who looked Māori were often selected in the team. These included a few Pacific island players and a couple of African descent. Today all players have their ancestry verified before selection in the team.
Ioane Fitu "John" Afoa is a New Zealand professional rugby union player. His position of choice is at prop. Afoa currently plays for Bristol in the Aviva Premiership.
Samoan New Zealanders are Samoan immigrants in New Zealand, their descendants, and New Zealanders of Samoan ethnic descent. They constitute one of New Zealand's most sizeable ethnic minorities. In the 2013 census, 144,138 New Zealanders identified themselves as being of Samoan ethnicity with 50,658 stating that they were born in Samoa, and 636 stating that they were born in American Samoa.
Kieran James Read is a New Zealand-born rugby union player, currently playing as a Number 8 for Toyota Verblitz in the Japanese Top League and is a former captain of the All Blacks, New Zealand's national rugby union team.
The 2004 England rugby union tour of Australia and New Zealand was a series of matches played in June 2004 in Australia and New Zealand by the England national rugby union team. It was the first tour of England, after the victory in the 2003 Rugby World Cup. The English team lost all three Tests decisively, a shock result after the World Cup victory the year before.
The 2006 Ireland rugby union tour of New Zealand and Australia was a series of matches played in June 2006 in New Zealand and Australia by Ireland national rugby union team.
Samuel Lawrence Whitelock is a New Zealand rugby union player who plays as a lock for the Crusaders in Super Rugby in New Zealand. Whitelock has captained the Crusaders and All Blacks in five international games, having earned selection for New Zealand through playing in the Mitre 10 Cup for Canterbury.
Sio Julian Savea is a New Zealand rugby union player. He currently plays wing for Hurricanes in Super Rugby Aotearoa. Savea formerly played for Toulon in the Top 14, and is a former captain of the Wellington Lions in the Mitre 10 Cup. Between 2012 and 2017 he won 54 caps for New Zealand.
This article documents statistics from the 2011 Rugby World Cup, held in New Zealand from 9 September to 23 October.
Thomas Tekanapu Rawakata Perenara, commonly known as TJ Perenara, is a New Zealand rugby union player who currently plays Halfback or First Five-Eighth for the Wellington Lions in the Mitre 10 Cup, the Hurricanes in Super Rugby and New Zealand's national team, the All Blacks. He was part of the New Zealand under-20 rugby team that won the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship in Italy.
Samuel Jordan Cane is a New Zealand rugby union rugby player. His regular playing position is as a loose forward. He currently plays for the Bay of Plenty Steamers in the ITM Cup, and is the current captain of the All Blacks and the Chiefs in Super Rugby. Cane has played over 50 tests for New Zealand since his international debut and stood in as Captain for them twice. On 5 May 2020, Cane was named the captain of the All Blacks, succeeding Kieran Read.
Luke Charles Whitelock is a New Zealand rugby union player who currently plays as a loose forward for Canterbury in New Zealand's domestic Mitre 10 Cup and the Highlanders in the international Super Rugby competition.
Aniseto Ofa He Moori Tu'ungafasi is New Zealand rugby union player who plays for the All Blacks as a prop. Domestically, he represents Auckland in the Mitre 10 Cup and the Blues in Super Rugby.
The 2016 Rugby Championship was the fifth edition of the expanded annual southern hemisphere Rugby Championship, featuring Argentina, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. The competition is operated by SANZAAR, a joint venture of the four countries' national unions. New Zealand won their first four matches with bonus points to gain an unassailable lead, winning the title for the fourth time.
The 2016 Wales rugby union tour of New Zealand was a rugby union tour of New Zealand by the Wales national team in June 2016. The tour saw the Welsh side play four matches: three test matches against New Zealand and one match against the Chiefs of Super Rugby.
This article documents the statistics of the 2019 Rugby World Cup which was held in Japan from 20 September to 2 November.