Alliteration XV

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Finally, the All Blacks can name a full playing XV with Alliterative names. There have been 34 All Blacks with alliterative names. We have picked our best XV, with the criteria that players must have filled that jersey in a test:

1 Wilson Whineray, 2 Ian Irvine, 3 Bill Bush, 4 Sam Strahan, 5 Albert Anderson, 6 Jamie Joseph, 7 Victor Vito, 8 Murray Mexted, 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 10 Beauden Barrett, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 12 Mark Mayerhoefler, 13 Ron Rangi, 14 Bill Birtwistle, 15 Christian Cullen

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New Host City

And Nelson is 8

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Nelson will become the 8th NZ city to host an All Black test match. The last time a new city got to host the All Blacks was in 2008, when the All Blacks played Samoa in New Plymouth. Prior to that, Napier did it in 1996 against Samoa, and Hamilton did it in 1997 against Argentina. Since then Napier have hosted 2, New Plymouth 4 and Hamilton 13....