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27 October 2016
548th All Black test
NEW ZEALAND v AUSTRALIA (Bledisloe Cup and 3rd test 2016) at Eden Park, Auckland.
Date: Saturday, October 22
Fulltime Score; New Zealand 37 Australia 10
Halftime; New Zealand 15 Australia 7.
Conditions; Excellent, Weather clear, cool and dry. Firm breeze favoured New Zealand in the first half.
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Craig Joubert (South Africa), Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa
The scorers; For NEW ZEALAND (37) Tries by Julian Savea (2), I.Dagg, A Leinart-Brown, T.J.Perenara and D.Coles. 2 conversions and 1 penalty by A.Cruden.
For AUSTRALIA (10); Try by R.Arnold. 1 conversion and 1 penalty by B.Foley.
NEW ZEALAND: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, (rep’d by Malakai Fekitoa 61m), 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, (rep’d by Aaron Cruden 44m ), 9 TJ Perenara, (rep’d by Tawera Kerr-Barlow 61m), 8 Kieran Read (c),7 Matt Todd, (rep’d by A.Savea 64m), 6 Jerome Kaino, (rep’d by Liam Squire 51m);(Kaino came back on for Retallick 78m), 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, (rep’d by Jerome Kaino 78m), 3 Owen Franks, (rep’d by Wyatt Crockett 51m) 2 Dane Coles, (rep’d by Codie Taylor 73m), 1 Joe Moody (rep’d by Charlie Faumuina 51m)
AUSTRALIA: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Samu Kerevi, (rep’d by Sefa Naivalu 23m) 12 Reece Hodge, (rep’d by Henry Speight 78m) 11 Henry Speight, (rep’d by Quade Cooper 74m) Speight came back on for Hodge at 78m), 10 Bernard Foley,9 Nick Phipps, (rep’d by Nick Frisby 61m),8 Lopeti Timani, (rep’d by David Pocock 55m),7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dean Mumm, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rory Arnold, (rep’d by Rob Simmons 47m), 3 Sekope Kepu, (rep’d by Allan Ala’alatoa 61m), 2 Stephen Moore (c), (rep’d by James Hansen 73m),1 Scott Sio (rep’d by Tom Robertson 64m)
All substitutes were used during the game.
The win was New Zealand’s 18th win in a row. The victory being called as a ‘World Record’ for consecutive wins by a ‘Tier 1’ rugby nation.
The 6 tries scored by the All Blacks in this test meant that in the 3 tests v Australia in 2016 New Zealand had scored 16 tries as against two by the Wallabies in reply.
After test #544 when Julian Savea became the 5th All Black to pass 40 or more test match tries he has continued to add to his personal scoring list; In Test #545 he added one more, then in this test (548th) he scored two more; thus he has passed Jeff Wilson’s tally of 44 tries to move into 4th on the all-time All Black list;
The updated list (after test #548) now reads;
Tests played Test tries scored
Doug Howlett 62 49
Christian Cullen 58 46
Joe Rokokoko 66 46
Julian Savea 46 45
Jeff Wilson 60 44
Of the current All Black (ie; still playing in 2016) the leading try-scoring total now reads;
Julian Savea 46 45
Ben Smith 58 26
Israel Dagg 58 22
Keiran Read 94 21
Beauden Barrett 46 16
Richard Hugh McCaw - to be known universally as Richie - came into the world.
Leicester, Harlequins and England
31 internationals for England 1920–27
William Wavell Wakefield was a highly successful player, thinker, innovator and captain. He became one of the world game’s best administrators, becoming an England committeeman before rising to be president of the Rugby Football Union in 1950. He served as a delegate on the International Rugby Board for the seven years up until 1961 and wrote extensively about the game, in his later years becoming a symbol of wise counsel for amateur rugby and its future.
The young Wavell Wakefield was a supremely fit rugby player, winning his 31 international caps as a flanker, lock or No. 8. He first played for England in 1920, when a strong Welsh side thrashed him and 10 other new caps. The selectors persevered with many of the new players, and out of their rising confidence came one of England’s best eras.
The England team, with Wakefield, the brilliant halfbacks ‘Dave’ Davies and Cyril Kershaw, Cyril Lowe the wing, and forwards Tom Voyce and Ronald Cove-Smith, combined to win the Five Nations crown three times in the first four years of the 1920s.
Wakefield played his first 21 internationals consecutively, winning 17 times with one draw. By 1927, when he was hampered by injuries, the highly popular and respected ‘Wakers’ had reached 31 caps – an England record for any position and one that stood until 1969, when it was passed by D.P. ‘Budge’ Rogers.
Wakefield is often remembered as one of England’s best captains and tactical planners. As captain of Cambridge University and England, he insisted on each member of the forward pack undertaking set roles, rather than plodding together from set piece to set piece, as had been the style.
Under his leadership, England’s back row combinations became the first in the world to work together as a ‘team’, which is commonplace in modern times. Certainly he was highly successful. In his seven seasons in the England team he took part in three championship wins, three Triple Crowns and three Grand Slams. It is a tribute to him that those years came to be known in English rugby as the ‘Wakefield Era’.
After his active rugby days he was a Member of Parliament and then became the first Baron Wakefield of Kendal. He died in 1983.
What is the difference in years between Joe Stanley playing his last test for New Zealand, and Jeremy Stanley being picked to become an All Black and emulate his father’s success?