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28 February 2015
This is me at Ellis Park in Johannesburg in South Africa in 1976. Why did this young reporter want to have his picture taken right there? It wasn't just because my name was on the building behind. Click on 'Favourite Photos' here to read about that location's fascinating and sad role in South African rugby history.
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James 'Buster' Barrett, in his time the lightest AB forward, went to WWI in 1915 with the Auckland Mounted Rifles division. His horse was trained for war while away but never saw any action and never returned.
After an unauthorised tour to South Africa in 1986 by senior All Blacks (the ‘Cavaliers’), players who toured were banned for two test matches. The New Zealand selectors therefore had to cast further afield for a team to play a test against France in Christchurch and in a following game against Australia at Wellington. They opted in choosing from younger or second-string players who were active around New Zealand.
The relative youth and inexperience of the new team soon earned it the affectionate nickname ‘Baby All Blacks’. The team’s popularity was ensured when it beat France, 18–9 and lost narrowly, 12–13, to Australia.
The Baby Blacks included a number of players who were to become seasoned All Blacks: David Kirk was their captain, while Joe Stanley, Sean Fitzpatrick, John Kirwan, Frano Botica, Terry Wright, Mike Brewer and Andy Earl all represented New Zealand for years.
How many Wanganui club players were in the combined King Country-Wanganui team which beat the 1966 British Lions team in Wanganui?
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5 April 2016 (7 years ago)
Hi Keith. Jack van der Schuyff missing a match-winning conversion against the '55 Lions at this ground. Quinns Bakery is the backdrop to that photo of the ball sailing off to the left of the posts, with van der Schuyff hanging his head in disappointment.
7 March 2015 (8 years ago)
In 1953 when Waikato played Manawatu the two halfbacks were the late Pat Greene for Waikato and Bill Donaldson for Manawatu. 24 year later their sons were the All Blacks halfbacks in 1977 tour of France . I’d venture this is unique in New Zealand rugby two opposing players whose sons became All Blacks playing exactly the same positions their Dads did for the same province