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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.
The great Colin Meads plays his last game for his country on this day.
His career as an All Black had lasted 15 seasons inclusive 1957-71. It ended leading NZ to a 14-14 draw again the British and Irish Lions at Eden Park.
Hawke’s Bay, East Coast and New Zealand
9 internationals for New Zealand 1924–30
A legendary figure in a legendary team, the 1924 ‘Invincible’ All Blacks. Only 19 at the time, George Nepia played all 38 matches during that gruelling tour of Australia, Britain, Ireland, France and Canada.
British sides were unstinting in their praise of Nepia, the rock on whom so many of their attacks foundered. His courage under the high ball and in repelling foot rushes, the crunching certainty of his tackling and the strength of his spiraled line kicking – all of these combined to restrict opposition teams to no more than 180 points against the All Blacks in the 38 games.
Nepia could also run with the ball. He had started his first-class career as a wing, then a five-eighth, before outstanding fullback displays in 1924 resulted in his being chosen as the only last line of defence. Early in the tour of Britain he made a sizzling run, but the dictatorial Mark Nicholls told him to leave the running to his five-eighths and three-quarters: his job was to defend. It was not until the 37th match of the tour, in Canada, that Nepia scored his first try!
A bogus telegram which advised the selectors of Nepia’s ‘unavailability’ cost him a place with the New Zealand Maoris’ trend-setting tour to Britain in 1927, and his All Black career finished after the 1930 home series against the British Isles. After a temporary retirement, Nepia returned to bid for a place with the 1935–36 All Blacks to tour Britain but was surprisingly not selected, though then playing as well as at any time of his career.
With his financial security in tatters at the end of the Depression, Nepia readily accepted the lure of rugby league money and played two seasons in England, and then for New Zealand. Reinstated to rugby in what was then called the ‘war-time amnesty’ which allowed rugby league professionals to return without recrimination to the amateur rugby union, Nepia played for East Coast in 1947, and in 1950 captained the Olympians club in a first-class fixture against Poverty Bay. George Nepia, father and son, were the fullbacks and captains on this historic day, George senior being 45 years old at the time.
He became an active referee and many spectators went to games just to watch Nepia referee, rather than see the two teams doing battle.
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?