The evolution of the classic all blacks

So too has Classic All Blacks rugby evolved. Whilst still keeping faith with the heritage and traditions of All Blacks rugby we have our eye on the professional arena.

The team that once had its focus on a celebration of its predecessors and saluted their contributions by keeping alive the memories of the past, now has its own ‘professional era’. In 2007 a team of ‘current professionals’ made up of All Blacks who are no longer contracted to the New Zealand Rugby Union played two matches in Japan. Played two won two…the sort of start that the team of 1884 had provided. Former All Blacks Justin Marshall, Carlos Spencer, Jonah Lomu and Andrew Mehrtens, were amongst the line up who enjoyed the outing against the Japanese national side.

As the saying goes ‘Oft must change that which would be constant’ and the Classic All Blacks logo has moved on although its team still proudly flies the same colours it always has. Black jersey with a silver fern. Some things don’t change.

In May 2008, another ‘professional team’ representing the Classic All Blacks played English County originals Leicester, a team that the much heralded ‘1905 Originals’ played on their tour of the United Kingdom. They then played another game in Japan soon after.

A new day has dawned for the Classic All Blacks.
The pride that the players who wear the silver fern have in the heritage that they are part of will be the constant that binds their loyalty to each other and to their fans forever.