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25 November 2016
551st All Black test
NEW ZEALAND v IRELAND (Northern tour international) at Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland.
Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Fulltime Score; New Zealand 21 Ireland 9
Halftime; New Zealand 14 Ireland 6
Conditions; Excellent for rugby but cold.(temperature down to zero), A 5.30pm local time kickoff time.
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: Mathieu Reynal (France) Ian Davies (Wales)
TMO: Jon Mason (Wales)
The scorers; For NEW ZEALAND (21) Tries by M.Fekitoa (2) and Beauden Barrett. 3 conversions by Beauden Barrett.
For IRELAND (9) 1 penalty by Jon Sexton; 2 penalties by Paddy Jackson.
NEW ZEALAND: 15 Ben Smith (Rep’d by Waisake Naholo 74m), 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Melakai Fekitoa (yellow-carded 49m), 11 Julian Savea (Rep’d Aaron Cruden 58m), 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 10 Beauden Barrett , 9 Aaron Smith (Yellow-carded 18m) (Rep’d by T.J.Perenara 58m), 8 Kieran Read (c),7 Sam Cane, (Rep’d by Ardie Savea 17m) 6 Liam Squire (Rep’d by Scott Barrett 67m), 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie.Retallick , 3 Owen Franks (Rep’d by Charlie Faumuina 52m), 2 Dane Coles (Rep’d by Codie Taylor 67m), 1 Joe Moody, (Rep’d by Wyatt Crockett 49m)
IRELAND: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Jared Payne, 11 Simon Zebo (Rep’d by Kieran Marmion 78m), 12 Robbie Henshaw (Rep’d by Garry Ringrose 11m), 10 Johnny Sexton (Rep’d by Paddy Jackson 17m ), 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sean O’Brien, 6 C.J. Stander (Rep’d by Josh van der Flier 22m), 5 Devin Toner, 4 Donnacha Ryan (Rep’d by Iain Henderson 58m), 3 Tadhg Furlong (Rep’d by Finlay Bealham 67m), 2 Rory Best (Rep’d by Sean Cronin 67m),1 Jack McGrath (Rep’d by Cian Healy 58m)
There were two yellow cards against New Zealand (Aaron Smith and Malakai Fekitoa)
There were two significant injuries suffered by the All Blacks; a broken finger by Ben Smith and a severe ankle injury by Sam Cane.
Robbie Henshaw left the field (carried off) as a result of a head clash with Same Cane.
Jonny Sexton walked off the field, suffering injury and
C.J Stander also left the field, leaving Ireland three player’s different from their starting XV after only 22 minutes of play.
And there's a many a Kiwi who has rung him on this day in the years since - after he grew to be one of our greatest All Blacks.
Cardiff, Llanelli and Wales
24 internationals for Wales 1901–08
At the age of 12, in 1893, Rhys Gabe walked from his home near Llanelli to watch Wales play Ireland at Stradey Park, a distance of five miles. He and his friends played with a rugby ball all the way there and back, and the game had a profound influence on young Gabe. Thereafter he only wanted to be a centre and based his play on his hero who had played that day, Sam Lee of Ireland.
Gabe made his debut for Wales in 1901 against Ireland at Swansea in a match that marked the last appearance of the great Billy Bancroft for Wales.
Gabe, as a centre capable of beating his opposites with deception and speed, was a brilliant player in the Welsh teams which won the Triple Crown in 1902, 1905 and 1908, and which enjoyed a period of success called Wales’s first ‘golden era’. He also toured New Zealand with the Great Britain team of 1904.
It was Rhys Gabe who made the run that led to Teddy Morgan’s try which enabled Wales to beat the 1905 All Blacks. He also took part in the famous ‘foggy’ game of 1908 when Wales beat England by 28–18. Gabe scored twice that day – one of the tries was not seen by the England defence because of the murky weather.
There is another story that Gabe was kicked so hard in the backside in the Wales v Scotland game in 1905 that he could not sit down for six months! Being a schoolmaster it meant he had to conduct his lessons standing on his feet. However, the records also actually show that he was fit enough to play in Wales’s next match just three weeks later!
Which Irish rugby player of modern vintage has the nickname of '36?'