Earlier this week, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) unveiled the newest team that will bear the All Blacks moniker, the All Blacks XV. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
This second-tier side will replace the Junior All Blacks who, despite the confusing nature of their name, were not an age-restricted site but rather a development team for players who were close to but not yet ready for full-scale international football.
The Junior All Blacks last competed in 2009 in the Pacific Nations Cup. New Zealand’s designated second team (i.e. the side that would capture a player’s eligibility for the country) hasn’t played a single game of rugby. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
Instead, the Maori All Blacks took center stage over the last decade and played matches against a range of international teams, from England to the United States, as well as against various invitational sides such as the New Zealand Barbarians and the British and Irish Lions.
That New Zealand Barbarians side is the closest the country has come to assembling a ‘B’ team although the All Blacks did play a non-test match against a French selection in the latter half of 2017.
Under the current laws of the game, and the U20 representative side cannot be a designated second team. That leaves just the Maori All Blacks and the New Zealand Barbarians as options.
The Maori have special eligibility requirements while the Barbarians have played just three times in the last decade (once against the touring Lions and twice against the Maori) and tend to select as much based on the inclusivity of provincial representation as they do on forging winning combinations.
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