Favourite Photos: People, places and stories from around the rugby world

From my travels I have collected many photos; had them sent to me or saved them, because, well, behind most of them there is a good story!

This picture says an awful lot about the beautiful but sometimes sad game of rugby

This picture says an awful lot about the beautiful but sometimes sad game of rugby

28 February 2015

I love this old picture. There is so much about it that has come down the years. And on a personal level when I saw it as a kid I was first drawn to it by seeing our 'family name' on the advertising hoarding in the background. Read more »

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Meeting All Black great Peter Jones as a Young Reporter I kept Quiet About an Earlier Meeting we had had.

Meeting All Black great Peter Jones as a Young Reporter I kept Quiet About an Earlier Meeting we had had.

19 February 2015

Here I am interviewing the great 1950s and 60s All Black Peter 'Tiger' Jones in Whangarei (in about 1985). I had met him earlier - before I was granted the right to wear the deplorable 'One World of Sport' blazer you see here! Read more »

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Big Crowds at Test Rugby? It hasn't Always been the Case!

Only a truck on the far side of the field is 'watching' this full test match.

Big Crowds at Test Rugby? It hasn't Always been the Case!

11 February 2015

This is a photograph taken at one of rugby's rarest events. It was a 'secret' test match played at Owl Creek Polo Field in Glenville, New York in September 1981. Read more »

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A recent find; this great pic of 1966-70 All Black captain Sir Brian Lochore (With a story behind it)

Brian Lochore battles on in South Africa in 1970.

A recent find; this great pic of 1966-70 All Black captain Sir Brian Lochore (With a story behind it)

25 January 2015

The 1970 tour of South Africa by the All Blacks should have been a great experience for the All Black captain Brian Lochore. For tough reasons it did not turn out that way. Read more »

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Eric Tindill All Black!  Meet Eric Tindill cricket star!

The toughness of prefessional playing programmes in modern times probably mean this photo could never take place again!

Eric Tindill All Black! Meet Eric Tindill cricket star!

12 January 2015

I've always loved this great picture of Eric Tindill of Wellington, the 'Double All Black.'  Such men were called that in New Zealand sporting circles. They were a rare group of men who played for New Zealand at both test rugby and cricket. There have only been a very few of them. This picture from 'Crown Studios' in Wellington was a great attempt to capture his double sporting talent. But Eric's record in International sport went even further than playing it. Read more »

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Why Can't they have games like this any more?

Why Can't they have games like this any more?

4 January 2015

I know this is technically not a 'favourite photo' - but I love it all the same. I can't resist putting this programme cover up on site from my home collection. I do it under the heading of 'will we ever see games like this EVER again in modern rugby?" (ie; a real 'minnow' rugby union against a rugby 'powerhouse.') This classic was from the 1968 All Blacks tour of Australia. It was the second game of a 12 match tour and New Zealand won 74-0. Read more »

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