2016 - 550th All Black test

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.

Attendance 62,300

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  

P.Tuipulotu 2014-??
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.


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