Topic: Rugby

Junior All Blacks return home as world champions

  • Auckland

The Junior All Blacks received a huge welcome home just hours ago after returning from Italy after winning the Junior World Cup. 

They left as colleagues and came back as winners.

Young rugby star Otere Black says, "I'm very happy, it's been a long time since the trophy has been home so I'm very happy and so is the country."

It's also a proud moment for their parents.  The young squad beat England 21-16 in the final.

Forward, Akira Ioane adds, "The boys got the job done and i'm happy to be a part of it."

"That's what finals footy is like, the little things are the big things.  With ten minutes left the boys got up and tackled hard, and we were lucky to come away with the win," Black mentions.

The unbeaten side says it wasn't easy.  "Every game was difficult, it's not easy playing at the world cup, all the best players of your grade are playing so we were very lucky," the young Hurricanes player says. 

For now, it's on to his next job.  "It's back off to Wellington, rest tomorrow and back to work on Thursday.  We have a big game against the Brumbies so need to get back to work, and hopefully win another trophy," he says.