Roller Mills All Blacks
I want to thank the New Zealand Rugby Museum for allowing me to link these names to their website.
The Roller Mills have produced more All Blacks than any High School within New Zealand and growing.
In the 1991 All Blacks RWC match against Italy the whole backline plus 1 forward had played in the Roller Mills.
2004 All Blacks At least* 6 ex Roller Mills Players in this team.
2005 All Blacks At least* 6 ex Roller Mills Players in this team.
2006 All Blacks At least* 6 ex Roller Mills Players in this team.
2007 All Blacks At least* 5 ex Roller Mills Players in this team.
2008 All Blacks At least* 7 ex Roller Mills Players in this team.
2009 All Blacks At least* 8 ex Roller Mills Players in this team.
* Based on information I have on this website, there is still alot of teams/programmes missing.
Not only do we produce All Blacks but they have worked at NRM as well, Dave Gallaher 1905 All Black Captain (Gallaher Shield) worked from 1896 – 1903 at NRM with his brother Joseph who worked for 50 yrs at NRM.
NRM Very first All Black goes to Terence Lockington – who played in the first 1925 Tournament
I would like to acknowledge those All Blacks prior to rugby being a professional sport, All Blacks before 1995 all worked at a 9 to 5 Job or on a farm to earn money, they were not paid to play rugby. It took Colin Meads 15 years to play 55 tests, he also played 78 other Games for the All Blacks. In those days you were only capped if you started the Test, subs were used only for a injured player and those subs that did come on, it did not count as a Test Cap.
Howard Levien* (King Country 1947)
Colin Meads – All Black Captain (1947/48/49 King Country) Position Hooker/Prop
Stan Meads (1950 King Country) Position Hooker
Wilson Whineray - All Black Captain (Auckland East 1947)
Mac Herewini (Auckland East 1949)
Ron Rangi (Waikato Rangers)
Paul Little (Auckland North 1950)
Bryan Williams (Auckland North)
Michael Jones (77 Auckland West) Position 12
Craig Innes (1981,82 Rangers)
Walter Little (1981,82 Rangers)
Mathew Ridge (81 Auckland West)
Kevin Boroevich (72 King Country)
Dean Kenny (73 Auckland North)
Warwick Taylor (73 Waikato Rangers)
Nicky Allen (71 Auck East)
John Drake (71 Auck East)
Geoff Hines (73 Rangers )
John Buchan (Auckland East 73)
Paul Koteka (Rangers 69)
Colin Farrell (Auck North 68)
Brett Wilson (Auck East 70)
Rex Pickering (1949 King Country)
Grahame Thorne (1958 Auckland West)
Paul McGahan (77 Auck West)
Brendon Leonard (97 Waikato Rangers) Position Halfback
Doug Howlett (90 Auckland West)
Shane Howarth (81 Auck West)
Jeremy Stanley (Auckland East 1987)
Scott McLeod (1986 Thames Valley)
Mark Carter (81 Auck West)
Jason Hewitt (81 Auck West)
Troy Flavell (89 North Harbour)
Jono Gibbs (89 Waikato Rovers)
Marty Holah (89 Waikato Rovers)
Keith Robinson (89 Thames)
Anthony Boric (96 North Harbour)
Keven Mealamu (91, 92 Waikato Rangers) Position 8
Richard Kahui (97 Waikato Rangers)
Ben Atiga (94/95 Auckland West)
Sam Tuitupou (94 Auckland West)
Stephen Donald (96 Counties)
Isaia Toeava (98 Auckland East)
Special mention goes to All Black Coach John Hart who played in the 1958 Roller Mills tournament for Auckland West
* Howard Levien was in the 1947 King Country Team but never played in a Roller Mills game. Story has it while travelling by train to the tournament in Thames that year the train stopped at Te Aroha, all the boys rushed out to buy a pie, as Howard Levien ran out he hit his head on the signal bracket and gashed his head and was out of the tournamant. By team mate David Fleming
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