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With one test win each NZ and South Africa battled on this day to a 0-0 game in the mud and slush of Athletic Park in Wellington; and the test series is tied.
A vital part of the rugby game in New Zealand and Australia, but not always used in other parts of the rugby world. It used to be that the job of retrieving the ball for players in a game once the ball had crossed the touchline was a solely masculine prerogative. This is not now the case. Often girls do the job equally as well.
The ball boy’s or ball girl’s role is to field balls quickly when they cross the sidelines so as to get the game restarted without delay. It is a duty much vied for by young rugby people who relish the opportunity to take part in a big occasion, and to watch their heroes close up.
How many test matches did Alan Whetton play for the All Blacks? 34,35 or 36?