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3 December 2016
All of the team lists, playing and scoring records of the 14 tests played by the 2016 All Blacks are summarised here; All your questions answered (in three parts).
TEAM RECORDS AND TEST SCORING FOR THE 2016 ALL BLACKS
WAL1 WAL2 WAL3 AUS1 AUS2 ARG1 SA1 ARG2 SA2 AUS3 IR1 ITA IR2 FRA
Ben Smith FB w w w FB FB FB FB FB FB FB - FB* -
Israel Dagg - FB FB FB w w w* w w w - w* w FB*
Waisake Naholo w r w* - - - - w* - w* w r w -
Julian Savea w* - w r w* w w w - w w - w* w
Malakai Fekitoa c* c* - c c c c - - r r c c -
George Moala - - c* - - - - - r - c* - - -
Rieko Ioane - - - - - - - - - - - r - r
Seta Tamanivalu r r - - r - - - - - - - - -
Damian McKenzie - - - - - - - r - - - FB - -
Ryan Crotty 2⅝ 2⅝ 2⅝* 2⅝* - 2⅝* 2⅝* 2⅝* 2⅝* 2⅝ 2⅝* - - 2⅝*
Anton Lienert-Brown - - - - 2⅝* r r c c c* - 2⅝ 2⅝* c
Lima Sopoaga - - r - - - r r r - - r - -
Beauden Barrett r r 1⅝ 1⅝ 1⅝ 1⅝* 1⅝ 1⅝* 1⅝ 1⅝* 1⅝ - 1⅝ 1⅝
Aaron Cruden 1⅝ 1⅝* - r r r - - - r r 1⅝* r r
Aaron Smith ½* ½* ½* ½* ½* ½* ½* - - - ½* r ½* r
T.J.Perenara r r - r r r r ½* ½* ½* r - r ½*
Tawera Kerr-Barlow - - r - - - - r r r - ½* - -
Kieran Read 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8* 8* 8 8 - 8 8
Steven Luatua - - - - - - - - - - - 8 - -
Sam Cane F* F* F* F* F* F* - - - - F* F F -
Ardie Savea r r - r r r F* F r r r - r r
Jerome Kaino F F - F* F F F* - F F* L* - - F
Liam Squire - - r r r - - F r r F - F* -
Matt Todd - - - - - - r - F* F* - r - F*
Elliot Dixon - - F* - - - - r - - - F - -
Brodie Retallick L L* L* L L* L* L* L* L L* - r L L*
Sam Whitelock - L L L L L L r L L - - L L
Luke Romano L* - r - - r r - - - - - - -
Patrick Tuipulotu r r - - - - - L - - L L* - -
Scott Barrett - - - - - - - - - - r L* r r
Owen Franks P* P* P* - P* P* P* P* P* P* P* - P* P*
Charlie Faumuina r r P* r r r r - r r r P* r r
Ofa Tu’ungafasi - - r - - - - r - - r r - -
Joe Moody P* P* P* - P* P* P* P* P* P* P* r P* P*
Wyatt Crockett r r r P* r r r r r r - P* r r
Kane Hames - - - r - - - - - - - - - -
Dane Coles H* H* H* r H* H* H* H* H* H* H - H* H*
Liam Coltman - - - - - - - - - - - r - -
Nathan Harris - r r - - - - - - - - - - -
Codie Taylor r - - H* - r r r r r r H* r r
James Parsons - - - - r - - - - - - - - -
* means 'left the field during the game; either injured or substituted.'
r means a replacement who came onto the field during a game.
POINTS SCORING FOR 2016 TEST SEASON BY INDIVIDUAL ALL BLACKS
Tries Convs Penalties Total
Beauden Barrett`` 9 40 9 152
Israel Dagg 10 - 1 53
Aaron Cruden - 15 5 45
Ben Smith 9 - - 45
T.J.Perenara 6 - - 30
Julian Savea 6 - - 30
Waisake Naholo 5 - - 25
Dane Coles 4 - - 20
Ryan Crotty 4 - - 20
Malakai Fekitoa 4 - - 20
Charlie Faumuina 3 - - 15
Jerome Kaino 2 - - 10
Anton Lienart-Brown 2 - - 10
George Moala 2 - - 10
Ardie Savea 2 - - 10
Lima Sopoaga - 5 - 10
Scott Barrett 1 - - 5
Sam Cane 1 - - 5
Wyatt Crockett 1 - - 5
Elliot Dixon 1 - - 5
Nathan Harris 1 - - 5
Rieko Ioane 1 - - 5
Steve Luatua 1 - - 5
Kieran Read 1 - - 5
Luke Romano 1 - - 5
Liam Squire 1 - - 5
Codie Taylor 1 - - 5
Patrick Tuipulotu 1 - - 5
Sam Whitelock 1 - - 5
TOTALS (FOR) 81 60 15 570
Totals 18 13 34 218
By teams against.
TEST MATCH TOTAL APPEARANCES
Player End of Played End of
2015 in 2016 2016
Ben Smith 48 12 60
Israel Dagg 49 12 61
Waisake Naholo 3 9 12
Julian Savea 41 11 52
Malakai Fekitoa 13 10 23
George Moala 1 3 4
Rieko Ioane - 2 2
Seta Tamanivalu - 3 3
Damian McKenzie - 2 2
Ryan Crotty 15 11 26
Anton Lienert-Brown - 9 9
Lima Sopoaga 1 5 6
Beauden Barrett 36 13 49
Aaron Cruden 37 10 47
Aaron Smith 47 11 58
T.J. Perenara 17 12 29
Tawera Kerr-Barlow 20 5 25
Kieran Read 84 13 97
Steven Luatua 14 1 15
Sam Cane 31 9 40
Ardie Savea - 12 12
Jerome Kaino 67 10 77
Liam Squire - 8 8
Matt Todd 3 5 8
Elliot Dixon - 3 3
Brodie Retallick 47 13 60
Sam Whitelock 73 11 84
Luke Romano 22 4 26
Patrick Tuipulotu 7 5 12
Scott Barrett - 4 4
Owen Franks 78 12 90
Charlie Faumuina 33 13 46
Ofa Tu’ungafasi - 4 4
Joe Moody 11 13 24
Wyatt Crockett 45 13 58
Kane Hames - 1 1
Dane Coles 36 13 49
Liam Coltman - 1 1
Nathan Harris 2 2 4
Codie Taylor 4 11 15
James Parsons 1 1 1
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.
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!
Why was the France v Ireland match of 1913 played in the morning in Cork?