New Zealand
UnionNew Zealand Rugby Union
Nickname(s)Baby Blacks
Coach(es)New Zealand Clark Laidlaw
Top scorerTrent Renata (59)
Most triesZac Guildford/Tevita Li (8)
Team kit
First international
New Zealand New Zealand 48–9 Tonga Tonga
(6 June 2008)
Largest win
New Zealand New Zealand 92–0 Wales Wales
(14 June 2011)
Largest defeat
Australia Australia 24–0 New Zealand New Zealand
(5 May 2019)
World Cup
Appearances12 (First in 2008)
Best resultChampions 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2017

The New Zealand national under-20 rugby union team is the representative rugby union team from New Zealand. It replaced the two former age grade teams: the under-19s and the under-21s. Their first tournament was the 2008 IRB Junior World Championship, which they won after defeating England 38–3 in the final.[1] They have gone on to also win the World Rugby Under 20 Championship in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2017. The team also competes in the Oceania U20 Championship as of 2015. The New Zealand under-20s have been nicknamed the "Baby Blacks" after the youthful All Blacks side which played in 1986.

Overall

Summary of all matches played by the New Zealand Under-20s as of 15 July 2023

Opposition Played Won Drawn Lost % Won
 Argentina 5 5 0 0 100%
 Australia 16 12 0 4 75%
 England 6 5 0 1 83%
 Fiji 7 7 0 0 100%
 France 4 2 0 2 50%
 Georgia 3 3 0 0 100%
 Ireland 8 7 0 1 88%
 Italy 2 2 0 0 100%
 Japan 4 4 0 0 100%
 Samoa 5 5 0 0 100%
 Scotland 4 4 0 0 100%
 South Africa 7 1 0 6 14%
 Tonga 2 2 0 0 100%
 Uruguay 1 1 0 0 100%
 Wales 10 8 0 2 80%
Total 84 68 0 16 81%

World Rugby U20 Championship record

Year Round Position Pld W D L PF PA
Wales 2008 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 242 28
Japan 2009 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 215 54
Argentina 2010 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 262 52
Italy 2011 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 274 51
South Africa 2012 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 0 2 148 49
France 2013 Semi-finals 4th 5 3 0 2 159 116
New Zealand 2014 Semi-finals 3rd 5 3 0 2 196 107
Italy 2015 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 191 63
England 2016 5th place 5th 5 4 0 1 223 86
Georgia (country) 2017 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 282 92
France 2018 Semi-finals 4th 5 3 0 2 173 84
Argentina 2019 7th place 7th 5 3 0 2 161 96
South Africa 2023 7th place 7th 5 3 0 2 188 150
Total 13/13 6 titles 65 52 0 13 2,714 1,028

Oceania Rugby U20 Championship record

Year Round Position Pld W D L PF PA
Australia 2015 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 157 43
Australia 2016 Champions 1st 2 1 0 1 54 35
Australia 2017 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 186 32
Australia 2018 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 195 43
Australia 2019 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 140 43
Australia 2022 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 175 26
Total 6/6 5 titles 17 15 0 2 907 222

Squads

Current squad

On 14 April 2023, a wider squad was announced for a two-match series against Australia on 29 May and 3 June 2023 in Wellington.[2] From that wider squad, the following group was selected for the 2023 World Rugby U20 Championship:[3]

Player Position Province
Ben Ake Prop Auckland
Tom Allen Lock Hawke's Bay
Vernon Bason Hooker Manawatu
Tahlor Cahill Lock Canterbury
Che Clark Flanker Auckland
Bradley Crichton Prop Wellington
Ajay Faleafaga First five-eighth Otago
Cooper Flanders Flanker Hawke's Bay
Harry Godfrey First five-eighth / fullback Hawke's Bay
Leo Gordon Midfield back Auckland
Sam Hainsworth-Fa’aofo Flanker Auckland
Malakai Hala Prop Manawatu
Noah Hotham (c) Halfback Tasman
Isaac Hutchinson Wing / fullback Canterbury
Taha Kemara First five-eighth Waikato
Peter Lakai Number 8 Wellington
Siale Lauaki Prop Wellington
Hunter Morrison Lock Hawke's Bay
Gabe Robinson Prop Waikato
Macca Springer Wing / fullback Tasman
Will Stodart Lock / loose forward Otago
Xavi Taele Midfield back Auckland
Caleb Tangitau Wing Auckland
Jack Taylor Hooker Southland
Aki Tuivailala Midfield back Waikato
Raymond Tuputupu Hooker Manawatu
Codemeru Vai Wing Bay of Plenty
Jordi Viljoen Halfback Manawatu
Riley Williams Halfback Auckland
Malachi Wrampling-Alec Flanker / number 8 Waikato

Coaches

Due to the U20 category only existing since the combining of the U19 and U21 age groups in 2007, the following table only includes coaches appointed since. In the inaugural tournament in 2008, Dave Rennie and Russell Hilton-Jones served as co-coaches in charge of the team. Craig Philpott is the longest serving coach.

For the 2023 season, Clark Laidlaw is the head coach, with Marty Bourke and Wesley Clarke as assistant coaches.

Name Years Tests Won Drew Lost Win percentage
New Zealand Dave Rennie 2008 5 5 0 0 100%
New Zealand Russell Hilton-Jones 2008 5 5 0 0 100%
New Zealand Dave Rennie 2009–2010 10 10 0 0 100%
New Zealand Mark Anscombe 2011 5 5 0 0 100%
New Zealand Rob Penney 2012 5 3 0 2 60%
New Zealand Chris Boyd 2013–2014 10 6 0 4 60%
New Zealand Scott Robertson 2015–2016 15 14 0 1 93%
New Zealand Craig Philpott 2017–2019 24 19 0 5 79%
New Zealand Tom Donnelly 2022 3 3 0 0 100%
New Zealand Clark Laidlaw 2023 7 4 0 3 57%

See also

References

  1. ^ Clutton, Graham. "Final: New Zealand 38–3 England". irb.com. Archived from the original on 24 April 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2008.
  2. ^ "New Zealand Under 20 wider squad announced". allblacks.com (Press release). 14 April 2023. Retrieved 6 June 2023.
  3. ^ "New Zealand Under 20 squad named for the World Rugby U20 Championship". allblacks.com (Press release). 6 June 2023. Retrieved 6 June 2023.