1967 New Zealand rugby union tour of Britain, France and Canada

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1967 New Zealand tour in Britain, France and Canada
Type P W D L
Total: 17 16 1 0
Test match: 4 4 0 0
Opp. P W D L
 England 1 1 0 0
 Wales 1 1 0 0
 France 1 1 0 0
 Scotland 1 1 0 0
Statistics against Test match opponents

The 1967 New Zealand rugby union tour of Great Britain, France and Canada was a tour undertaken by the New Zealand national rugby union team (the All Blacks). The series consisted of 17 matches, four of Test status against international opposition. The New Zealand team finished the tour undefeated, the first time they had achieved this in the Northern hemisphere since the 1924–25 Invincible team.

Tour[edit]

The 1967 tour was hastily arranged, as New Zealand originally intended to tour South Africa. That was called off due to apartheid issues over the Māori members of the New Zealand side, and Britain was chosen as an alternative. This resulted in difficulties arranging matches against club opposition, a tradition of earlier tours, with non-Test games now played solely against regional teams.[1]

The tour captain was Brian Lochore and the 30-man team was managed by former Kiwis' captain Charles Saxton. The tour began in North America, where the All Blacks played two matches, against British Columbia and Eastern Canada. The tourists then travelled to Great Britain where they faced several regional teams along with two Test matches against England and Wales. This was followed by four matches in France, one against the French national team, before returning to Britain to play three games in Scotland, where they played the final Test of the tour against Scotland. They completed the tour with a return to Wales, beating Monmouthshire and then drawing against an East Wales team, before the final fixture against the Barbarians.

The All Blacks should also have played matches in Ireland, including a test match against Ireland on 16 December but they were forced to cancel this section of the tour because of the 1967 United Kingdom foot-and-mouth outbreak. The Irish government banned them from travelling to Ireland, and the tour schedule was re-arranged. The All Blacks also had to burn all their kit before leaving London at the end of the tour.[2]

Matches[edit]

Scores and results list New Zealand's points tally first.
Opposing Team For Against Date Venue
British Columbia 36 3 14 October Empire Stadium, Vancouver[3]
Eastern Canada 40 3 18 October Montreal University Stadium, Montreal[4]
North of England 33 3 25 October White City, Manchester[5]
Midlands, London and Home Counties 15 3 28 October Welford Road, Leicester[6]
South of England 16 3 1 November Memorial Ground, Bristol[7]
England 23 11 4 November Twickenham, London[8]
West Wales 21 14 8 November St Helens, Swansea[9]
Wales 13 6 11 November Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff[10]
South East France 16 3 15 November Lyon Stade Municipal, Lyon[11]
France 'B' 32 19 18 November Stade Municipal, Toulouse[12]
South West France 18 14 21 November Bayonne Stade Municipal, Bayonne[13]
France 21 15 25 November Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris[14]
Scottish Districts 35 14 29 November The greenyards, Melrose[15]
Scotland 14 3 2 December Murrayfield, Edinburgh[16]
Monmouthshire 23 12 6 December Rodney Parade, Newport[17]
East Wales 3 3 13 December Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff[18]
Barbarians 11 6 16 December Twickenham, London

Touring party[edit]

Management[edit]

Full backs[edit]

Three-quarters[edit]

Five-eighths[edit]

Half backs[edit]

Forwards[edit]

The matches[edit]

England[edit]

4 November 1967
England  11–23  New Zealand
Try: Lloyd (2)
Con: Rutherford
Pen: Larter
Try: Birtwistle
Dick
Kirton (2)
Laidlaw
Con: McCormick (4)
Twickenham
Attendance: 74,000
Referee: D.C.J. McMahon Scotland (Scotland)

England: 15. Don Rutherford 14. Keith Savage 13. Colin McFadyean 12. Robert Lloyd 11. Rodney Webb 10. John Finlan 9. William Gittings 1. Tony Horton 2. Herbert Godwin 3. Phil Judd (c) 4. Peter Larter 5. John Owen 6. Budge Rogers 7. Bob Taylor 8. George Sherriff

New Zealand: 15. Fergie McCormick 14. Malcolm Dick 13. Bill Davis 12. Ian MacRae 11. Bill Birtwistle 10. Earle Kirton 9. Chris Laidlaw 1. Jazz Muller 2. Bruce McLeod 3. Edward Hazlett 4. Samuel Strahan 5. Colin Meads 6. Graham Williams 7. Kel Tremain 8. Brian Lochore (c)

This was the very first international rugby union match to be televised in colour.[19]

Wales[edit]

11 November 1967
Wales  6–13  New Zealand
Pen: Gale
Drop: John
Try: Birtwistle
Davis
Con: McCormick (2)
Pen: McCormick
Cardiff Arms Park
Attendance: 58,500
Referee: M.H. Titcomb England (England)

Wales: 15. Paul James Wheeler 14. Stuart Watkins 13. Billy Raybould 12. Ian Hall 11. Keri Jones 10. Barry John 9. Gareth Edwards 1. Denzil Williams 2. Norman Gale (c) 3. Brian Thomas 4. Max Wiltshire 5. Billy Mainwaring 6. Dennis Hughes 7. John Taylor 8. John Jeffery

New Zealand: 15. Fergie McCormick 14. Malcolm Dick 13. Bill Davis 12. Ian MacRae 11. Bill Birtwistle 10. Earle Kirton 9. Chris Laidlaw 1. Jazz Muller 2. Bruce McLeod 3. Ken Gray 4. Samuel Strahan 5. Colin Meads 6. Graham Williams 7. Kel Tremain 8. Brian Lochore (c)

France[edit]

25 November 1967
France  15–21  New Zealand
Try: Campaes
Pen: Villeprreux (3)
Drop: Gachassin
Try: Dick
Going
Kirkpatrick
Steel
Con: McCormick (3)
Pen: McCormick
Stade Olympique
Attendance: 30,203
Referee: R.P. Burrell Scotland

France: 15. Pierre Villepreux 14. Jean-Michel Capendeguy 13. Claude Dourthe 12. Jean Trillo 11. Andre Campaes 10. Jean Gachassin 9. Marcel Puget 1. Andre Abadie 2. Jean-Michel Cabanier 3. Arnaldo Gruarin 4. Benoit Dauga 5. Alain Plantefol 6. Andre Quilis 7. Christian Carrere (c) 8. Walter Spanghero

New Zealand: 15. Fergie McCormick 14. Malcolm Dick 13. Bill Davis 12. Ian MacRae 11. Anthony Steel 10. Earle Kirton 9. Sid Going 1. Jazz Muller 2. Bruce McLeod 3. Ken Gray 4. Samuel Strahan 5. Colin Meads 6. Graham Williams 7. Ian Kirkpatrick 8. Brian Lochore (c)

Scotland[edit]

2 December 1967
Scotland  3–14  New Zealand
Drop: Chisholm Try: Davis
MacRae
Con: McCormick
Pen: McCormick (2)
Murrayfield
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: K.D. Kelleher Ireland

Scotland: 15. Stewart Wilson 14. Sandy Hinshelwood 13. Jock Turner 12. John Frame 11. Bob Keddie 10. David Chisholm 9. Alex Hastie 1. Sandy Carmichael 2. Frank Laidlaw 3. David Rollo 4. Peter Stagg 5. George Mitchell 6. James Fisher (c) 7. Derrick Grant 8. Alasdair Boyle

New Zealand: 15. Fergie McCormick 14. Bill Birtwistle 13. Bill Davis 12. Ian MacRae 11. Anthony Steel 10. Earle Kirton 9. Chris Laidlaw 1. Alister Hopkinson 2. Bruce McLeod 3. Ken Gray 4. Samuel Strahan 5. Colin Meads 6. Graham Williams 7. Kel Tremain 8. Brian Lochore (c)

Barbarians[edit]

16 December 1967
Barbarians 6–11  New Zealand
Pen: Lloyd
Drop: Wilson
Try: MacRae
Steel
Con: McCormick
Drop: Kirton
Twickenham Stadium
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: M. Joseph England (England)

Barbarians: 15. Stewart Wilson (c) 14. Ken Jones 13. Robert Lloyd 12. Gerald Davies 11. Rodney Webb 10. Barry John 9. Gareth Edwards 1. Howard Norris 2. Frank Laidlaw 3. Tony Horton 4. James Fisher 5. Max Wiltshire 6. Peter Larter 7. Bob Taylor 8. George Sherriff

New Zealand: 15. Fergie McCormick 14. Malcolm Dick 13. Bill Davis 12. Ian MacRae 11. Steel 10. Earle Kirton 9. Chris Laidlaw 1. Jazz Muller 2. Bruce McLeod 3. Ken Gray 4. Samuel Strahan 5. Colin Meads 6. Tremain 7. Nathan 8. Brian Lochore (c)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billot (1972), p. 191
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  14. ^ "New Zealand tour – Colombes, 25 November 1967: France (9) 15 – 21 (11) New Zealand". espnscrum.com. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
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  16. ^ "New Zealand tour – Murrayfield, 2 December 1967: Scotland (3) 3 – 14 (9) New Zealand". espnscrum.com. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
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  19. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9YWERR196M

Bibliography[edit]

  • Billot, John (1972). All Blacks in Wales. Ferndale: Ron Jones Publications. 
  • Starmer-Smith, Nigel (1977). The Barbarians. Macdonald & Jane's Publishers. ISBN 0-8600-7552-4.