NZ Defence Blacks



  • I never really paid much attention to the existence of this team, but apparently they're playing their own RWC in Japan as a pre-tournament to the RWC.

    NZDF team chasing glory at military Rugby World Cup
    
    The All Blacks aren’t the only New Zealand team playing in a rugby world cup this month.
    
    The International Defence Rugby Competition (IDRC), the military equivalent of the Rugby World Cup, is being played throughout September in Japan.
    
    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) team, known as the Defence Blacks, comprising servicemen from the Royal New Zealand Navy, New Zealand Army and Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) and one civilian, will play in the competition against military teams from Australia, United Kingdom, Fiji, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Canada, Georgia, Japan and France.
    This will be the third IDRC competition, with the British Army winning the first in 2011 and the Fijian Army winning the second in 2015.
    
    The team is made up of premier club rugby players, a number of whom compete at Heartland Rugby level.
    

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    Full article: https://medium.com/@nzdefenceforce/nzdf-team-chasing-glory-at-military-rugby-world-cup-9add05967bce

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    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/sport/rugby/new-zealand-armed-forces-rugby-side-travel-japan-world-cup-their-own





  • Yesterday, the NZ Defence Blacks played their first game of the tournament, beating Australia 47 - 35.

    This was the team line-up:

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    The results thus far:

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  • I wish I could see who is from which service.



  • @Hooroo What really matters is that they are all prepared to put their own lives at risk and die for us if necessary to keep us safe for that they have my greatest respect and gratitude.



  • @Hooroo I just found the full squad list with that info:

    Defence Blacks Squad
    Jaxon Tagavaitau— Captain — NZ Army
    Sam Cadman — Royal NZ Air Force
    Josh Houston-Tupou — NZ Army
    Opeti Tuipulotu — Royal NZ Navy
    Hakarangi Tichborne — NZ Army
    Stewart Lane — Royal NZ Navy
    James Coburn — NZ Army
    Christian Lloyd — NZ Army
    Tainui Woodmas — NZ Army
    Aidan Woodward — NZ Army
    Robert Brocklehurst — NZ Army
    Brent Pope — NZ Army
    Jimmy Berghan — NZ Army
    Reece White — NZ Army
    Logan Broughton — NZ Army
    Trent Luka — Royal NZ Navy
    Hamish Pyne — Royal NZ Navy
    Teejay Oliver — NZ Army
    Troy Sherriff — NZ Army
    Ben Wyness — Royal NZ Air Force
    Jared Deal — NZ Army
    Devon Scott — Royal NZ Air Force
    Patrick Tafili-Reid — Royal NZ Air Force
    Zane Douglas — Royal NZ Navy
    Tama Ropati — NZ Army
    Cole Waaka — Royal NZ Air Force
    Hamiora Thomas — NZ Army
    Taine Aupouri — NZ Army

    Support team
    James Kaio (COL) — Contingent Commander — NZ Army
    Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford — Patron — Ex All Black Captain — Ex-Royal NZ Navy
    Simon Vissers, Manager — Royal NZ Navy
    Carl Fairbairn, Assistant Manager — NZ Army
    Tim Kareko, Head Coach — NZ Army
    Wayne Ratu, Backs Coach — Royal NZ Navy
    Malaga Leota, Scrum Coach — NZDF Civilian
    Gilbert Kelly, Forwards/Defensive Coach — NZ Army
    Dave Edgar, Strength and Conditioning Coach — NZ Army
    Kyle Foster, Assistant Strength and Conditioning/Rehab Trainer — NZ Army
    Tamsin Mafi, Physiotherapist — NZ Army



  • @Higgins said in NZ Defence Blacks:

    @Hooroo What really matters is that they are all prepared to put their own lives at risk and die for us if necessary to keep us safe for that they have my greatest respect and gratitude.

    Absolutely mate. My interest was just because I’m ex Air Force and still follow what is going on with them.



  • Is this the same as the Combined Services team? With a swanky new name? Or did Combined Services also include the Police?



  • @Rapido said in NZ Defence Blacks:

    Is this the same as the Combined Services team? With a swanky new name? Or did Combined Services also include the Police?

    The combined services used to include the police up until 1995 (I think) but was still called the combined services when RNZAF, RNZN and Army combined.

    In saying that, I went to a combined services shooting that included police in early 2000.



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  • @Hooroo @Rapido Would that have made them the Force Blacks? And then when they play a kicking game ...



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    From the Defence Blacks FB page:

    A strange day on the field today... After 10 mins the high winds blew over one of the posts which caused a 50 min pause while the other posts were removed. To their credit both teams were keen to keep playing so it was decided that the game would use tries only. At half time the score was locked at 0-0 but after full time the FMF had scored two tries and the Defence Blacks only one. Thanks for everyone’s support during the tournament - it was really appreciated. Now lets all get behind the national team as they strive for a three peat - GO the ALL BLACKS!!!!
    

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