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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.
Brian was given a great looking 30-man All Black squad when he left New Zealand for the three month tour of the Republic. But he broke his hand in a tour warm-up game in West Australia on the way over and missed the first five matches in South Africa. Then his star lieutenant Colin Meads broke his arm and struggled thereafter. These disruptions could not have helped.
New Zealanders also say 'home' South African refereeing in the test matches did not help either. The All Blacks tumbled to a 1-3 test series loss. Lochore played all four tests but Meads could only battle through the last two.
I like this picture of Lochore as it shows him in a kind of portrait pose against the glare of a white hot South African rugby afternoon. I have a recall of rugby in those days in South Africa being played on dull brown, rock hard fields. I saw it for myself when as a young reporter, I watched the 1976 All Blacks.
You can see Lochore was playing here while still in the wars, his hand is still being protected from his injury here and there is claret around the mouth and nose. Those were tough times on the rugby field. Rugby union and rugby league players in those days used to say; 'You took it and you gave it - and you never grumbled.'
Remember Colin Meads did not so much 'break his arm' on that tour; more like 'his arm was broken for him' (my quote) from the stomp of a South African forward in a provincial game.
Mind you, the New Zealand people loved both Meads and Lochore so much that they were both later Knighted for their 'Services to Rugby.'
(And quite right too!)
The wettest day ever saw NZ beat Scotland 24-0 at the Eden Park pool! Deep puddles everywhere. The ABs swam better than their opponents!
La Voulte and France
14 internationals for France 1961–68
La Voulte and France
13 internationals for France 1964–68
La Voulte, Beziers and France
36 internationals for France 1982–93
As uncapped brothers Guy and Lilian surfaced in international rugby when both toured New Zealand with France in 1961.
Poor Lilian, one of the victims of the heavy early-tour loss to Waikato, was one of the three halfbacks for the 13-match tour and, though he was never injured, that was his only match.
He went on to play 13 internationals between 1964 and 1968, only once on a losing French side.
Flyhalf Guy played one test on the 1961 tour, the first of his 14 internationals, of which France won 10 and drew one. He scored 113 international points, including the France Five Nations championship’s record of 32 in 1967. He dropped a record five goals (in three matches) that season.
Guy’s son, Didier, also reached international level as a flyhalf, in 1982, 14 years after his father’s career had finished. Didier was a brilliant goal-kicker, setting a world record of 30 points in one game, in France’s World Cup match with Zimbabwe at Auckland in 1987. He was something of a curiosity – he played most of his internationals wearing a full hair-piece.
Didier was France’s vital goal-kicking and tactical flyhalf in the 1991 Rugby World Cup, appearing in three of France’s four games. An injury prevented him playing in the important quarter final with England. France, missing Camberabero’s authority in the number ten jersey, tumbled to defeat.
Didier Camberabero at that point in time, became the highest scorer in French test history and the first Frenchman to pass 300 points in tests.
From 1987 to 2011 inclusive; How many men have refereed the seven Rugby World Cup finals?