All Blacks

With 34, Wellington College boasts the third highest number of All Blacks of any secondary school in the country; including All Black Neemia Tialata, Dane Coles and Jeff Toomaga-Allen.

Wellington College All Blacks (Alphabetical order)

Henry Avery – Wing Forward

  • 3 tests, 3 games, 6 matches, 1910, All Black 170.
  • Started the Avery motors business and became the quartermaster general in the army.

Ralph Caulton – Winger

  • 16 tests, 34 games, 50 matches overall, 1959-64, All Black 600.
  • Caulton scored 31 tries for the All Blacks 8 of which were in tests.
  • Played for Wellington and was a selector when Marlborough won the Ranfurly Shield in 1965.

Dane Coles – Hooker

  • In 2012, Coles made his All Blacks debut against Scotland. He came on in the 62nd minute: New Zealand 51, Scotland 22
  • He currently plays for the Hurricanes, Wellington and Poneke.

    Ernie Dodd – Hooker

    • Played in the All Blacks first test against Australia in 1905 and against New South Wales and Wellington in 1901.
    • All Black 83 played 45 games for Wellington.
    • He was killed in action in France during WWI.

    Jim Donald- Wing Forward

    • 1st XV 1915.
    • 2 tests, 20 games, 22 matches overall, 1920-21, All Black 218.
    • Played 104 first class matches including the Battle of Solway when Wairapapa took the Ranfurly Shield off Hawkes Bay after 24 defences in 1927.
    • Captained the All Blacks in 7 games in Australia in 1925. None were tests but five wins were achieved.

    Quentin Donald – Hooker

    • 1st XV 1917.
    • 4 tests, 19 games, 23 matches overall, 1923-25.
    • Another Wellington College product to appear on the Invincibles tour All Black 275 played 47 games for Wairarapa and later served as a selector and a coach of that province.

    Kenneth Elliot – Lock/Number 8

    • 2 tests, 1946, 31-8 and 14-10 wins over Australia, All Black 453.
    • A member of the Wellington team that beat the famous Kiwis side 18-11 in 1946.
    • Later became the Senior Lay Canon of Christchurch Cathedral.

    Marc Ellis – Utility Back

    • Was a star fly-half at Wellington College.
    • 8 tests, 12 games, 20 matches overall, All Black 926.
    • Scored a world record 6 tries in a single test against Japan at the 1995 World Cup. Finished his 8 tests with 11 tries.
    • Played 5 tests for the Kiwis.

    Frank Glasgow – Loose Forward

    • One of several future All Blacks not to make the 1st XV.
    • Played for the Athletic club.
    • 6 tests, 29 games, 35 matches overall, All Black, 117.
    • Played 27 matches on the Originals tour. Glasgow scored 10 tries in all matches for the All Blacks.
    • Later coached King Country and served on the NZRFU.

    Ken Gray – Prop

    • Never made the 1st XV where he was told he was too small.
    • 24 tests, 26 games, 50 matches overall, 1963-1969, All Black 636.
    • Only lost two tests.
    • Played 133 games for Wellington.
    • Won four Jubilee Cups with Petone who have named a player academy after him.
    • The winner of the annual between St Pats Silverstream and Wellington College is awarded the Ken Gray Memorial Cup.

    Jack Griffiths – Five-eighth/Centre

    • 1st XV 1928.
    • 23 games, 7 tests, 30 matches overall, 1934-1938, All Black 399.
    • Captained the All Blacks in the 1936 sweep of Australia.
    • Won an MC during World War II.
    • Played every position in the Wellington back-line expect wing.

    Brian Killeen – Second five-eighth/Centre

    • Did not make the 1st XV at school.
    • 1 game, 1 test, 2 matches overall, 1936, All Black 422.
    • Played 60 first class matches for four different unions.

    Eric Leys – Halfback

    • 1 test, 4 games, 5 matches overall, 1929.
    • He later played cricket for Wellington Town bowls for Auckland and was the Auckland B tennis champion in 1936.

    Robert McKenzie – First Five Eighth

    • 1st XV 1920-22.
    • 2 games 1928, All Black 360.
    • Was a long-time teacher at Hutt Valley High School.

    David Mason – Winger

    • 1 test, 6 games, 7 matches overall, All Black, 478.
    • His only test was a 27-14 win against Australia in 1947 the year of all of his matches for the All Blacks.
    • The insurance executive later moved to South Africa, only playing 14 first class matches in New Zealand.

    Graham Mexted – Number 8

    • 1 test, 5 games, 6 matches overall, 1950-51, All Black 520.
    • Mexted played 38 first class matches. His only test was an 11-8 win against the British Lions in 1950.
    • Mexted’s son Murray played 34 tests for the All Blacks. Graham ran the successful Mexted motors in Tawa for several years.

    Mark Nicholls – Five-eighth

    • 1st XV 1917-1919.
    • 10 tests, 41 games, 51 matches overall, 1921-30, All Black 233.
    • Scored 48 points in tests and 284 including 20 tries in all matches for the All Blacks.
    • Leading points scorer on the Invincibles tour with 121 points in 20 games.
    • An unbeaten All Black captain in 6 games but no tests as captain.
    • Such was his class he could have played many more times for the All Blacks but strangely was often overlooked. He only played 1 test on the 1928 tour of South Africa despite being the official vice captain of the team.
    • In 124 first class matches Nicholls scored 619 points, a record until Bob Scott broke it in 1951.
    • Later became a Wellington and All Black’s selector.

    Harry Nicholls – Halfback

    • 1 test, 6 games, 7 matches overall, 1921-23, All Black 232.
    • Standing at 1.62 meters and 59kg Nicholls was one of the smallest All Blacks of all time.

    Arnold Perry – First five-eighth

    • 1st XV fullback
    • All Black 278 played his sole match in a 34-6 win against New South Wales in 1923.
    • Later became a delegate to the Otago Rugby Union, serving as President in 1935-36.

    Cliff Porter – Wing Forward

    • 1st XV 1915.
    • 7 tests, 34 games, 41 matches overall, 1923-1930, All Black 286.
    • Captained the All Blacks 37 times for 31 wins, scored 16 tries as an All Black.
    • The Captain of the Invincibles tour played 110 first class games.

    Charlie Rushbrook – Winger

    • A 1st XV and sprit star at Wellington College.
    • In 10 games for the All Blacks scored 17 tries including 7 against Victoria in 1928 which was a record until Ron Heeps scored 8 in 1962.
    • Scored 29 tries in 33 first class matches.

    Joey Sadler – Halfback

    • 1st XV 1930-32.
    • 5 tests, 14 games, 19 matches overall, 1935-36, All Black 414.
    • If is often said if he did not suffer a knee injury in 1937 he might have been remembered as one of the great halfbacks.

    Graham Shannon – Halfback/Wing forward

    • 6 games, 1893, All Black 31.
    • His father was the founder of Shannon.
    • Died aged 42 as a result of serious head injuries during his rugby career.

    Mark Sayers – Second five-eighth

    • 15 games, 1972-1973, All Black 714.
    • Played 94 games for Wellington.
    • Later played club footy in South Africa.

    Neemia Tialata – Prop

    • 1st XV 2000.
    • 43 tests, 2005-2010, All Black 1060.
    • Plays for the Petone club.

    Filo Tiatia – Number 8

    • 2 tests, 2000, All Black 993.
    • Scored two tries in his two tests, a 102-0 win against Tonga and a 56-19 win against Italy.
    • Brother Ace played for Samoa.
    • Filo who was 1.93cm and 112kg played 80 matches for Wellington.

    Hector Thomson – Winger

    • Attended Christchurch Boys High School and made the 1st XV at Wellington in 1897.
    • 15 games, 1 test, All Black 140.
    • Thomson scored 16 tries, including 6 against British Columbia in 1906.
    • Only played 11 matches on the Originals tour. His sole test was in 1908 a 32-5 win over the Anglo Welsh.
    • Played for four different provinces.

    Jeffery Toomaga-Allen - Prop

    • Plays as a tighthead prop for Wellington Lions in the ITM Cup and the Hurricanes in Super Rugby.
    • Represented New Zealand under 20 in the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship.
    • Jeffery Toomaga-Allen became All Black no. 1130, in the test against Japan on 2 November 2013.

    Ian Uttley – Centre

    • 1st XV 1959.
    • Played in 2 wins against England in 1963, All Black 634.
    • Later became a senior executive with Shell Oil.

    Francis Ward – Winger

    • 1st XV 1917-18.
    • Played a match against New South Wales in 1921 and then retired a season later with a serious knee injury.
    • All Black 247.

    Eric Watkins – Hooker

    • Played in the All Black first test in 1905, All Black 140.
    • Played for the All Gold’s on the tour of England in 1907-08.
    • Played 40 games for Wellington.

    Jim Watt – Winger

    • 1st XV 1931.
    • 2 tests and 2 tries in 11-6 and 38-13 wins against Australia in 1936, All Black 424.
    • Won the national quarter mile title from 1934-37.
    • Dr Watt was professor of paediatrics at Otago University.

    Peter Webb- Forward

    • 8 games, 1884
    • All Black 15 won every game he played in.
    • He lived from 1876-1954.

    Alan Wright – Winger

    • 4 games, 1938, All Black, 448.
    • Wright scored 11 tries for the All Blacks and 32 in 51 first class matches.
    • His father was Hercules Wright the captain of the All Gold’s on their tour of Britain and France in 1907-08.


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