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10 November 2016
549th All Black test
NEW ZEALAND v IRELAND (Northern tour international) at Soldier Field, Chicago, USA.
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Fulltime Score; Ireland 40 New Zealand 29
Halftime; Ireland 25 New Zealand 8
Conditions; Excellent, Weather fine and bright. Temperature cool. An afternoon game. Slight breeze favoured New Zealand in the first half.
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant Referees: Luke Pierce (England) Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
TMO: Rowan Litt (England)
The scorers; For IRELAND (40) Tries by J.Murphy, CJ Stander, C.Murray, S.Zebo and R.Henshaw. 2 conversions and 2 penalties by J.Sexton. 1 penalty by C.Murray; 1 conversion by J.Carbery.
For NEW ZEALAND (29) Tries by G.Moala, TJ Perenara, Ben Smith and Scott Barrett. 3 conversions and 1 penalty by Beauden Barrett.
NEW ZEALAND: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Waisake Naholo (Rep’d by Aaron Cruden 55m), 13 George Moala (rep’d by Codie Taylor 70m) 12 Ryan Crotty (rep’d by Malakai Fekitoa 25m), 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith (rep’d by TJ Perenara 46m), 8 Kieran Read (c),7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Jerome Kaino, (rep’d by Scott Barrett 59m on debut) 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (rep’d by Ardie Savea 45m), 3 Owen Franks, (rep’d by 59m) 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody (rep’d by Ofa Tu’ugafasi 59m) (Moody was yellow-carded in the first haldf)
IRELAND: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Jared Payne, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Johnny Sexton (rep’d by Joey Carbery 59m),9 Conor Murray,8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Jordi Murphy (rep’d by Josh van der Flier 26m), 6 C.J. Stander, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Donnacha Ryan (Rep’d by Ultan Dillane 65m), 3 Tadhg Furlong (rep’d by Finlay Bealham 56m), 2 Rory Best (Rep’d by Sean Cronin 71m),1 Jack McGrath (rep’d by Cian Healy 60m)
Two Irish replacement players; Kieran Marmion and Garry Ringrose, were not used off the bench at all during the game.
The win ended New Zealand’s sequence of 18 test wins in a row.
The win by Ireland was their first-ever over the All Blacks. In the previous 28 tests spread over 111 years New Zealand had won 27 games with one drawn game (10-10) in 1973.
When he came off the sub’s bench Scott Barrett was making his debut for New Zealand and played alongside his brother older Beauden.
When the try scored by Scott Barrett in the second half was converted by his brother Beauden this was the first time this had happened in All Black test history.
When Ardie Savea came onto the field in the 59th minute to join his brother Julian as well as the two Barrett brothers many in the media claimed this was the first time two sets of All Black brothers had been on the field at the same time in the same game. That was at least since both the Meads brothers, Colin and Stan, and the Clarke brothers, Don and Ian had played together in tests in the 1960s. Thanks to research from Clive Akers, the editor of the Rugby Almanack of New Zealand at least one other example of this brotherly double-double should be recalled; the Brooke brothers, Zinzan and Robin, and the Bachop brothers, Stephen and Graeme had all started in the same All Black test v South Africa in Auckland in 1994.
The scoring of five tries in this test against New Zealand (thus inflicting a loss on a New Zealand test team) by Ireland in Chicago equalled the highest total of tries ever scored in a test by any country when they had beaten the All Blacks.
The other countries in that list (in winning margin order are):
5 tries v New Zealand (in a winning game);
By Australia, 3rd test at Eden Park, Auckland 1978 (score 30-16) (Winning margin of 14 points)
By South Africa, Tri Nations game, Johannesburg 2004 (score 40-26) (Winning margin of 14 points)
By South Africa, 3rd test at Eden Park, Auckland 1937 (score 17-6) (Winning margin of 11 points)
By Ireland, 1st test, at Soldier Field, Chicago 2016 (score 40-29) (Winning margin of 11 points)
What a game it was; watched by 109,878 fans in Sydney. Jonah Lomu scored the winner. 39-35 to NZ but the Aussies loved their role in this classic and named it well!.
Toulouse, Saracens, Gloucester, Auckland and France
72 internationals for France 1994-2007
A powerful, worldly member of the French forward pack through the late years of the 1990s and into the new millennium. At his best there was none who could better this hard-scrummaging prop forward and strong runner about the field. Which is ironic because he began his rugby as an overweight charger with little finesse. It was only after joining the Toulouse club that he fined down into a top rated forward who caught his national selector’s eye.
The thing about Califano is that while he was anchoring his club to three successive French club championship titles as a loosehead prop he was making his early presence as an international player as a tighthead. He had made his debut in France’s epic victories in New Zealand in 1994 when he played as part of a French front row against New Zealand’s redoubtable trio of Sean Fitzpatrick, Richard Loe and Craig Dowd.
Later Califano switched to his preferred loosehead as his test career blossomed and it was from that position that he went to South Africa in 1995 for the Rugby World Cup. He was also in the French team in 1999’s cup though by then back problems and the rise of new young French ‘bulls’ in the front row halted consistent progress.
After 1999 he traveled to New Zealand and had two seasons in Auckland playing in the Super 12 series.
His ability as a running, handling prop forward was never better exemplified than in 1996 when he scored three tries in one game against Romania. Has any test prop anywhere in the world bettered this? I doubt it.
In 2003 his career seemed over but he was recalled for several more games in 2007.
In 1987 and 2011 the All Blacks were the first rugby nation to win the World Cup twice; but which country was the first to win the World Cup's THIRD place match twice?