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17 November 2016
550th All Black test
NEW ZEALAND v ITALY (Northern tour international) at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy.
Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016.
Fulltime Score; New Zealand 68 Italy 10
Halftime; New Zealand 35 Italy 3.
Conditions; Excellent, Weather fine and bright. Temperature cool. An afternoon game. Stiff breeze favoured Italy in the first half.
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Alexandre Ruiz (France) Dudley Phillips (England)
TMO: Eric Gauzins (France)
The scorers; For NEW ZEALAND (68) Tries by M.Fekitoa (2), W.Naholo, E.Dixon, S.Luatua, C.Faumuina, W.Crockett, P.Tuipulotu, R.Ioane and I.Dagg. 7 conversions by A.Cruden and 2 conversions by L.Sopoaga.
For ITALY (10) Try by Tommaso Boni. 1 conversion by Tommaso Allan. 1 penalty by Carlo Canna.
NEW ZEALAND: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Israel Dagg (Rep’d by R.Ioane 50m - debut), 13 Melakai Fekitoa, 11 Waisake Naholo, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 10 Aaron Cruden (Rep’d by L.Sopoaga), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow (rep’d by Aaron Smith 50m), 8 Steven Luatua,7 Sam Cane (c), 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Scott Barrett (Rep’d by B.Retallick 54m), 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (Rep’d by M.Todd 60m), 3 Charlie Faumuina (Rep’d by Ofa Tu’ugafasi 55m), 2 Codie Taylor (Rep’d by L.Coltman 65m - debut), 1 Wyatt Crockett (rep’d by Joe Moody 70m)
15 Edoardo Padovani,
14 Giullo Bisegni,
13 Tommaso Benvenuti,
12 Luke McLean,
11 Angelo Esposito, (Rep’d by Tommaso Boni 64m)
10 Carlo Canna, (Rep’d by Tommaso Allan 51m)
9 Giorgio Bronzini (Rep’d by Edoardo Gori 51m) (debut)
8 Sergio Parisse
7 Simone Favaro
6 Maxime Mbanda (Rep’d by George Biagi 55m)
5 Dries van Schalkwyk
4 Marco Fuser (Rep’d by Francesco Minto 55m)
3 Lorenzo Cittadini (Rep’d by Pietro Ceccarelli 44m)
2 Leonardo Ghiraldini (Rep’d by Ornel Gega 10m)
1 Andrea Lovotti (Rep’d by Sami Panico 79m)
For Italy Leonardo Ghiraldini suffered a severe ankle injury after only a couple of minutes play. He struggled around the field for several more minutes before being replaced by Ornel Gega.
The try-scorer for Italy Tommaso Boni, was only on the field for the last 16 minutes of the game. He scored Italy’s only try after only seven minutes on the field. It was converted by Tommaso Allan. The pair became a rare duet of try-scorer and goal-kicker both having come into the game late, as replacements.
For New Zealand v Italy Rieko Ioane made his test debut in this game when he replaced Israel Dagg 10 minutes into the second half. He was 19 years and 239 days old on the day of this match. (He is thus the 8th youngest All Black to appear in a test match. The youngest is Jonah Lomu – 19years 45 days v France at Christchurch 26th June 1994(
As a new All Black Rieko Ioane became part of two new records for the history of the All Blacks;
Ioane extended the record of All Blacks from one secondary school in New Zealand. There have now been 52 All Blacks from Auckland Grammar School. The previous All Black from the school was Benson Stanley in 2010.
This list of All Blacks from Auckland Grammar School have been; (with the years – or year-span they played)
N H Allen - 1980
B A C Atiga - 2003
C E O Badeley - 1922
V I R Badeley - 1922
W Batty - 1928-31
J W Boe - 1981
N J G Bowden - 1952
J A S Buchan - 1987
G A H Bullock-Dougla - 1932-34
M M N Corner - 1930-35
W D R Currey - 1968
J Dick - 1937-38
M J Dick - 1963-70
J A Drake - 1985-87
J K Fleming - 1978-80
G J Fox - 1984-93
A R H Francis - 1905-10
W M Geddes - 1913
B M Gemmell - 1974
M Herrold - 1893
S P Howarth - 1993-94
D C Howlett - 2000-07
K D Ifwersen - 1921
R.E. Ioane – 2016 - ??
F M Jervis - 1893
L A G Knight - 1925
L G Knight - 1974-77
T M Lockington - 1936
J V Macky - 1913
R H McKenzie - 1893
H C McLaren - 1952
A L McLean - 1921-23
J G Mills - 1984
K A Nelson - 1962-64
C S Pepper - 1935-36
M J Ridge - 1989
C C Riechelmann - 1997
J C Stanley - 1997
A D Strachan - 1992-95
J M Tanner - 1950-54
G S Thorne - 1967-70
K R Tremain - 1959-68
T M Twigden - 1979-80
A C Waterman - 1929
A J Whetton - 1984-91
G W Whetton - 1981-91
W J Whineray - 1957-65
P J Whiting - 1971-76
F R Wilson - 1910
V W Wilson - 1920
D H Wright - 1925
Some references give an F R Francis as having been an All Black in 1910. No such player has ever appeared for New Zealand. The error probably arose through confusion over F R Wilson and A R H Francis, two of the school's alumni who toured Australia with the 1910 All Blacks.
(With thanks to John Griffiths, Adam Julian and Paul Neazor)
Since leaving school Rieko Ioane joined and played senior rugby for the PONSONBY DISTRICT RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB’s All Blacks. His appearance for New Zealand therefore extended the club’s record for supplying most to the All Blacks.
The lists below compiled with thanks by the Club’s historian Paul Neazor.
Players whose entire All Black career was as a member of the Ponsonby club (39):
Dave Gallaher, Bolla Francis, Joe O’Leary, Dougie McGregor, George Sellars, Fred Lucas, Len Righton, Herman Mattson, Lew Hook, Rube McWilliams, Frank Solomon, Dave Solomon, Bill Carson, Bob Scott, Eric Boggs, Percy Tetzlaff, Johnny Simpson, Neville Black, Malcolm Dick, Ron Rangi, Bryan Williams, Peter Whiting, Andy Haden, John Mills, Mark Brooke-Cowden, Joe Stanley, Matthew Ridge, Craig Innes, Va’aiga Tuigamala, Olo Brown, Carlos Spencer, Ofisa Tonu’u, Jeremy Stanley, Ali Williams, Ben Atiga, Sam Tuitupou, Benson Stanley, Patrick Tuipulotu, Rieko Ioane.
Players who played part of their All Black careers as members of the club, and therefore are bona fide Ponsonby All Blacks (6):
Morrie Wood (a Ponsonby All Black in 1904 only; previously with Wellington and Canterbury), George Nicholson (1907; previously with City club), Bill Cunningham (1907-08; previously with two clubs in the Thames area), George Gillett (1907-08; previously with Canterbury), Bert Palmer (1928-29; afterwards with Otahuhu club), Troy Flavell (2006-07; previously with North Harbour).
That makes the ‘official’ total of 45 All Blacks for the club.
Here are other players who appeared for Ponsonby but left before winning All Black selection: James Barrett, Greg Burgess, Ron Dobson, Isitolo Maka, Keith Murdoch, Keith Nelson, Kevin Senio, Joe Warbrick.
Other All Blacks before coming to the club, and who did not gain selection while with Ponsonby are: Noel Bowden, Lin Colling, Jasin Goldsmith, Terry Morrison, Keith Nelson, Tim O’Connor, Rex Orr.
The club with the second most All Blacks is Otago University with 44.
With Cavaliers players banned a very young NZ team, under their captain David Kirk, and with 11 new test players, beat France 18-9 in Christchurch.
For many years the record for the largest crowd to watch a rugby international was the 95,000 that packed into the old Ellis Park ground in Johannesburg in 1955 to watch the ﬁrst test between South Africa and the British Isles. There were also 95,000 present in Bucharest in May 1957 to see France play Romania, although it should be mentioned that the game was actually played as a curtain raiser to a major soccer match!
A record was thought to have been set at Murrayﬁeld in Edinburgh in 1975, when it was reported that a crowd of 104,000 watched the Wales v Scotland international. However, in the end the ofﬁcial attendance was listed as 80,000.
The biggest total of people to watch a test match in New Zealand is the 61,240 who attended Eden Park in Auckland for the fourth test between New Zealand and South Africa in 1956.
For decades the record attendance for a test match in Australia was the 48,898 who came to see New Zealand play Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground in the third test of 1980. That total was impressive enough considering the lesser place rugby held in the hearts of the Australian sporting public at the time. However being twice world champions in the 1990s helped the upsurge in popularity of rugby union. Coinciding with the rise in rugby’s significance came the building of much larger sports arenas, most notably for the 2000 Summer Olympic Games.
The latest record total for crowds at a rugby test in Australia therefore also became the world’s best. At Stadium Australia in Sydney on July 15, 2000 with the Bledisloe Cup at stake the All Blacks and the Wallabies played in front of 109,878 fans. A year before on the same ground 107,042 had watched the same two teams in action.
At the other end of the scale, there have been many times when ofﬁcials have been disappointed with the size of crowds that have turned out to see major rugby matches.
Easily the tiniest crowd to watch a signiﬁcant rugby match would have been the few dozen people who stood about on the sidelines of Owl Creek Polo Ground in Glenville, in upstate New York, for the match between USA and South Africa in 1981.
To avoid anti-apartheid protesters and prying news media, the two teams traveled in secret to a destination which only a few ofﬁcials knew about. They also had quietly scheduled the match to begin 24 hours ahead of its planned playing time, and goal-posts were only erected (by the players of both teams) ﬁve minutes before kick-off. When the teams ran on to the sloping, muddy and manure-smelling ﬁeld, 60 state police leapt from unmarked cars to guard the event, but they cannot be claimed as boosters to the total attendance ﬁgure of 25!
Had there been a scoreboard at the ground it would have shown a ﬁnal score of South Africa 38, USA 7. Perhaps this was the only international where there were more points scored than people attending.
One of the South African players in the game, Thys Burger, claims some sort of world record. He says he helped put up the posts; when the game started he acted as touch judge for a time, then he came on to play as a substitute and finished his day by scoring a try between them!
Who was the last New Zealand Referee to control the All Blacks in an Official test match?