All Blacks XV: A team of New Zealanders involved in the Six Nations

Fullback: Gareth Anscombe – Wales

  • The son of former Auckland and Ulster coach Mark Anscombe, Gareth was born in Auckland and went to Rosmini College on the North Shore.
  • He played for the Chiefs and the Blues and the New Zealand under 20s before heading to Wales in 2015 to play for Cardiff.
  • He has 20 caps so far for Wales, qualifying through his Cardiff born Mum.

Winger: Sean Maitland – Scotland

  • He was born in Tokoroa (that’s two from the Waikato town) and went to Hamilton Boys’ High.
  • He’s the cousin of another famous Tokoroa export, the former Wallabies first-five Quade Cooper.
  • He was an athletics star, recording a personal best of 11.29 and 22.30 seconds for the 100m and 200m respectively.
  • Maitland is half-Scottish and is of Samoan and Maori descent from his mother’s side.
  • He spent 2005 and 2006 in the New Zealand Schools team and was a member of New Zealand under-19 World Cup winning side in 2007 and the New Zealand under-20 side in 2008 winning the Junior World Championship.
  • He played for the Maori All Blacks and the Crusaders and moved to the UK in 2012, before being picked for Scotland in 2013.
  • He’s played 35 tests for Scotland so far.
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 10: Sean Maitland of Scotland looks to break with the ball during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Samoa and Scotland at St James’ Park on October 10, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Centre: Ben Te’o – England

  • ig Ben was born in Auckland to a Pakeha mother and Samoan father.
  • He was a rugby league prodigy, selected for the New Zealand Under 16s in 2003 and the 2005 Junior Kiwis.
  • He also played rugby union as a junior.
  • Te’o moved to Australia at the age of 17 and lived on the Gold Coast in Queensland, playing rugby league with Keebra Park State High School, before stints in the NRL with the Wests Tigers, Brisbane Broncos, South Sydney and Queensland.
  • He’s also played league for Samoa.
Ben Teo of England celebrates first try during the RBS 6 Nations match, between England and France at Twickenham Stadium, London , UK, on the 4th February 2017.

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