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The story behind Jason Momoa’s All Blacks jersey

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allblacks.com     12 Mar 2019     Getty Images

The Hawaiian-born star was vocal in his support of the All Blacks Sevens in Vancouver but it was his retro All Blacks jersey that really got the internet talking. 

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It wasn’t just any All Blacks jersey that Momoa was wearing in the stands though. To the trained eye it was obviously a match-worn jersey from the late 1980s or early 1990s. Fans across the world begun to speculate about which All Black originally donned the jersey and how Momoa had come to receive the legendary strip. Check out a sample of the comments below.
When approached by allblacks.com, Momoa gave the story behind the special jersey and what it means to him.

“It was a gift from my stuntman Glenn Ennis about 15 years ago when I was on Stargate Atlantis. He was captain for Canada and played against the All Blacks at the 1991 Rugby World Cup where he traded jerseys with the legendary Zinzan Brooke,” Momoa said.

“It is one of the greatest presents I have ever been given. I never leave home without it. It always travels with me.”

The game in question was notable for a couple of reasons. Not only was it a Rugby World Cup quarterfinal but it was also the first time the All Blacks and Canada had met in International rugby.

Canada went down 29-13 in an impressive performance which still ranks as their closest losing margin to the All Blacks across four Tests played. Zinzan Brooke crossed for one of the All Blacks five tries in the game and waged a great physical battle with his opposite Glenn Ennis in the match. 



Momoa is a noted fan of the All Blacks and has big connections to New Zealand from having lived in the country for a short period and having Temuera Morrison play his father in Aquaman.

The 6’4 tall actor stated his love of rugby in a recent interview.

"I bleed All Blacks. Rugby is the ultimate sport to me. There are no pads. Growing up in America we didn't have it as much, I played more hockey. But then when I went down and lived in Australia and New Zealand, it's my favourite sport."

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