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23 September 2014
Adam Julian is a young Kiwi rugby writer on the way up. He is already an expert on New Zealand Secondary Schools rugby - but has a keen and courageous eye on other aspects of the game in our country, including today's provinicial results and their comparison with what has gone before.
An old boy of St Pat's Silverstream College this 28 year-old is based in Wellington still but is trying to crack the Auckland scene.
Adam sends me short missives from time to time.
The stats below don't occupy a lot of space. But ouch! They are are hurtful if you live in Wellington and have loved the capital's rugby down the years.
Here's his summary; Read it and if you live south of Upper Hutt and West of Wainui hold your head in your hands!
"The Wellington Lions have now had seven losses in a row this season; and they are averaging 36 points against them per game.
There have only been 15 seasons since 1880 where Wellington have lost more games than they have won. In 1884 they didn't score a single point, but that year they only played one game! - which was a 0-9 loss to New Zealand before they departed to Australia.
The worst until now was in 1926 when Wellington did beat New Zealand and the New Zealand Maori, but all up they lost 11 other games out of 16 that year, their most defeats in a season.
In 1997 they went 3-7 and conceded 483 points!"
Thanks Adam! (for nothin')
The NZ Governor-General in 1931 was Lord Bledisloe. His donated trophy was decided in favour of NZ by 20-13 at Eden Park in Auckland.
Glasgow High School FP and Scotland
37 internationals for Scotland 1921–29
A robust lock, Bannerman is remembered as one of Scotland’s great early players. Bannerman played his internationals consecutively and was also a Scottish captain. His 37 caps stood as a Scottish record until Hugh McLeod beat it in 1962. Interestingly, he never played in an international involving Australia, New Zealand or South Africa.
Bannerman was a Gaelic speaker, and later a prominent Scottish RU administrator (president in 1954–55), though one of the conservatives partly responsible for Scotland’s bleak international record in the early 1950s. A Liberal politician, he became Lord Bannerman, a Life Peer, less than two years before his death.
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