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Three Northland Rugby Players Selected in Classic All Blacks Squad


Rupeni Caucaunibuca headlines a trio of Northlanders who take the field for the Classic All Blacks tomorrow.

classic2Derek Carpenter  –  William Whetton  –  Rupeni Caucaunibuca

Caucau is joined by William Whetton and Derek Carpenter when they take on the Flying Fijians, as part of the centennial celebrations of the Fijian Rugby Union.

However, those wanting to watch the game live are out of luck as the day-time match will be televised on Maori Television at 9.30pm tomorrow night.

THOUGH RugbyRedefined will attempt to load coverage so stay tuned

Confirmed players for the Classic All Blacks side are Orene Ai’i, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Joe Rokocoko, Sam Tuitupou, Adam Thompson, Murray Williams, Chris Masoe, Jerry Collins, Rodney So’oialo, Caucau, William Whetton, Kevin Senio, Jack Whetton, Bradley Mika, Joe Ward, Justin Marshall, Jay Williams, Alex Woonton, Derek Carpenter and Jason Rutledge.

The New Zealand Rugby Union has been criticised recently for taking on the French in a three-test series, rather than going to Fiji to celebrate their 100th anniversary.

NZRU general manager of strategic relationships and partnerships Nigel Cass says an alternative of sending the Maori All Blacks was proposed instead – but in November, not June, as the Fijians requested. There were issues, due to the needs of Super Rugby franchises during the June international rugby window, around player and coach release.

Nor is the Classic All Blacks friendly in line with the wider financial commitment the IRB has made to the region.

IRB chief executive Brett Gosper said: “Fiji has been a huge contributor to world rugby, especially in terms of sevens and drawing attention to the Olympic movement.”

 Source: Cameron Leslie |

Classic All Blacks

The Classic All Blacks is a New Zealand Rugby Union made up of the finest All Blacks Players who were no longer contracted to the New Zealand Rugby Union. Formed in 2007, the team has played Japan on three occasions winning all meetings, English Aviva Premiership side Leicester Tigers and Classic teams from France and Australia

In 2013, the side will playe the Flying Fijians as part of Fiji’s Centennial anniversary, celebrating 100 years of Fijian rugby.

2013 Squad

Current squad as of May 16 2013

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under IRB eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-IRB nationality.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Club/province Capped
Jerome Kaino Flanker 6 April 1983 (age 30) Japan Toyota Verblitz 49
Chris Masoe Flanker 15 May 1979 (age 34) France Toulon 20
Justin Marshall Scrum-half 5 August 1973 (age 39) Unattached 81
Rupeni Caucaunibuca Centre 5 June 1980 (age 33) New Zealand Northland 0 (guest player)
Joe Rokocoko Wing 6 June 1983 (age 30) France Bayonne 68
Sitiveni Sivivatu Wing 19 April 1982 (age 31) France Clermont 45


Date Venue Home Score Away Notes
9 May 2007 Home’s Stadium Kobe, Kobe Japan  26 – 35 New Zealand Classic All Blacks 2007 Japan tour
12 May 2007 Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo Japan  6 – 36 New Zealand Classic All Blacks
25 May 2008 Welford Road Stadium, Leicester Leicester Tigers England 26 – 41 New Zealand Classic All Blacks
31 May 2008 Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo Japan  13 – 15 New Zealand Classic All Blacks 2008 Japan tour
11 March 2011 Ballymore Stadium, Queensland Classic Wallabies Australia 20 – 58 New Zealand Classic All Blacks
18 Sept 2011 Queenstown Recreation Ground, Queensland Classic All Blacks New Zealand 57 – 15 France French Classics
12 June 2013 ANZ Stadium, Suva Fiji  New Zealand Classic All Blacks


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