With 35, Wellington College boasts the third highest number of All Blacks of any secondary school in the country; including Neemia Tialata, Dane Coles, Jeff Toomaga-Allen and most recently Lima Sopoaga.
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
- 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
- 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.
Lima Sopoaga – First five-eighth
- 1 game, 2015, All Black 1145.
- Won 2015 Super Rugby title with the Highlanders
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.