1972–73 New Zealand rugby union tour of Britain, Ireland, France and North America

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1972 - 1973 New Zealand tour in Europe and North America
Manager: Ernie Todd
Tour captain(s): Ian Kirkpatrick
Type P W D L
Total: 32 25 2 5
Test match: 5 3 1 1
Opp. P W D L
 Wales 1 1 0 0
 Scotland 1 1 0 0
 England 1 1 0 0
 Ireland 1 0 1 0
 France 1 0 0 1
Statistics against Test match opponents

The 1972–73 New Zealand rugby union tour of the Britain, Ireland, France and North America was a collection of friendly rugby union test match games undertaken by the All Blacks against England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and France. The tour also took in several matches against British, Irish, French and North American club, county and invitational teams. This was the sixth tour of the Northern Hemisphere. It was also the first time the All Blacks lost to the invitational Barbarians team.

The team only lost to Llanelli, North-Western Counties, Midland Counties (West), Barbarians and drew with Munster. In the tests played the team won against Wales, Scotland and England, drew with Ireland and lost to France. This was their fifth "Grand Slam tour" after 1905–06 (Lost to Wales), 1935–36 (Lost to Wales and England), 1953–54 (Lost to Wales), 1963–64 (Drew with Scotland). They had to wait until 1978 for a "Grand Slam".

The squad's leadership[edit]

Tour itinerary[edit]

Test matches[edit]

Tries: Con: Pen: Drop:

Wales[edit]

2 December 1972
Wales  16–19  New Zealand
Bevan (4 – 1t)
Bennett (12 – 4pg)
Report (4 – 1t) Murdoch
(15 – 5pg) Karam
Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: R.F. Johnson (RFU)
FB 15 J.P.R. Williams
RW 14 Gerald Davies
IC 13 Jim Shanklin
OC 12 Roy Bergiers
LW 11 John Bevan
FH 10 Phil Bennett
SH 9 Gareth Edwards
LP 1 Glyn Shaw
HK 2 Jeff Young
TP 3 Barry Llewelyn
LL 4 Derek Quinnell
RL 5 Delme Thomas (c)
BF 6 Dai Morris
OF 7 John Taylor
N8 8 Mervyn Davies
FB 15 Joe Karam
RW 14 Bryan Williams
IC 13 Duncan Hales
OC 12 Mike Parkinson
LW 11 Grant Batty
FH 10 Bob Burgess
SH 9 Sid Going
LP 1 Jeff Matheson
HK 2 Tane Norton
TP 3 Keith Murdoch
LL 4 Hamish Macdonald
RL 5 Peter Whiting
BF 6 Alex Wyllie
OF 7 Ian Kirkpatrick (c)
N8 8 Alan Sutherland

Scotland[edit]

16 December 1972
Scotland  9–14  New Zealand
Irvine (6 – 2pg)
McGeechan (3 – 1dg)
Report (4 – 1t) Batty
(4 – 1t) Going
(4 – 1t) Wyllie
(2 – 1c) Karam
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: G. Domercq (FFR)
FB 15 Andy Irvine
RW 14 William Steele
IC 13 Ian Forsyth
OC 12 Jim Renwick
LW 11 David Shedden
FH 10 Ian McGeechan
SH 9 Ian McCrae
LP 1 Ian McLauchlan
HK 2 Robert Clark
TP 3 Sandy Carmichael
LL 4 Alastair McHarg
RL 5 Gordon Brown
BF 6 Nairn MacEwan
OF 7 Rodger Arneil
N8 8 Peter Brown (c)
FB 15 Joe Karam
RW 14 Bryan Williams
IC 13 Bruce Robertson
OC 12 Mike Parkinson
LW 11 Grant Batty
FH 10 Ian Stevens
SH 9 Sid Going
LP 1 Graham Whiting
HK 2 Tane Norton
TP 3 Jeff Matheson
LL 4 Peter Whiting
RL 5 Hamish Macdonald
BF 6 Alistair Scown
OF 7 Ian Kirkpatrick (c)
N8 8 Alex Wyllie

England[edit]

6 January 1973
England  0–9  New Zealand
Report (4 – 1t) Kirkpatrick
(2 – 1c) Karam
(3 – 1dg) Williams
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 72,000
Referee: J. Young (SRU)
FB 15 Sam Doble
RW 14 Alan Morley
IC 13 Peter Preece
OC 12 Peter Warfield
LW 11 David Duckham
FH 10 John Finlan
SH 9 Jan Webster
LP 1 Brian Stevens
HK 2 John Pullin (c)
TP 3 William Anderson
LL 4 Peter Larter
RL 5 Chris Ralston
BF 6 John Watkins
OF 7 Tony Neary
N8 8 Andy Ripley
FB 15 Joe Karam
RW 14 Bryan Williams
IC 13 Bruce Robertson
OC 12 Mike Parkinson
LW 11 Grant Batty
FH 10 Ian Stevens
SH 9 Sid Going
LP 1 Graham Whiting
HK 2 Tane Norton
TP 3 Kent Lambert
LL 4 Hamish Macdonald
RL 5 Peter Whiting
BF 6 Alex Wyllie
OF 7 Ian Kirkpatrick (c)
N8 8 Alan Sutherland

Ireland[edit]

20 January 1973
Ireland  10–10  New Zealand
Grace (4 – 1t)
McGann (6 – 2pg)
Report (4 – 1t) Going
(4 – 1t) Alex Wyllie
(2 – 1c) Karam
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: M. Jones (WRU)
FB 15 Tom Kiernan (c)
RW 14 Tom Grace
IC 13 Michael Flynn
OC 12 Mike Gibson
LW 11 Arthur McMaster
FH 10 Barry McGann
SH 9 John Moloney
LP 1 Ray McLoughlin
HK 2 Ken Kennedy
TP 3 Sean Lynch
LL 4 Willie John McBride
RL 5 Kevin Mays
BF 6 James Davidson
OF 7 Fergus Slattery
N8 8 Terry Moore
FB 15 Joe Karam
RW 14 Bryan Williams
IC 13 Bruce Robertson
OC 12 Ian Hurst
LW 11 Grant Batty
FH 10 Ian Stevens
SH 9 Sid Going
LP 1 Graham Whiting
HK 2 Tane Norton
TP 3 Kent Lambert
LL 4 Peter Whiting
RL 5 Hamish Macdonald
BF 6 Alex Wyllie
OF 7 Ian Kirkpatrick (c)
N8 8 Alan Sutherland

France[edit]

10 February 1973
France  13–6  New Zealand
Bertranne (4 – 1t)
Dourthe (4 – 1t)
Romeu (5 – 1c, 1pg)
Report (6 – 2pg) Karam
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 49,000
Referee: D.P. d'Arcy (IRFU)
FB 15 Jack Cantoni
RW 14 Roland Bertranne
IC 13 Claude Dourthe
OC 12 Jean-Pierre Lux
LW 11 Andre Campaes
FH 10 Jean-Pierre Romeu
SH 9 Max Barrau
LP 1 Jean-Louis Azarete
HK 2 Rene Benesis
TP 3 Jean Iraçabal
LL 4 Élie Cester
RL 5 Alain Estève
BF 6 Olivier Saïsset
OF 7 Pierre Biemouret
N8 8 Walter Spanghero (c)
FB 15 Joe Karam
RW 14 Bryan Williams
IC 13 Bruce Robertson
OC 12 Ian Hurst
LW 11 Grant Batty
FH 10 Ian Stevens
SH 9 Sid Going
LP 1 Graham Whiting
HK 2 Tane Norton
TP 3 Kent Lambert
LL 4 Peter Whiting
RL 5 Hamish Macdonald
BF 6 Alex Wyllie
OF 7 Ian Kirkpatrick (c)
N8 8 Alan Sutherland

Non-International Matches[edit]

Scores and results list New Zealand's points tally first.[1]
Opposing Team F A Date Venue Captain
1 British Columbia British Columbia 31 9 19 October 1972 British Columbia Brockton Oval, Vancouver Ian Kirkpatrick
2 New York New York Metropolitan 41 9 21 October 1972 New York Downing Stadium, New York Sid Going
3 England Western Counties[2] 39 12 28 October 1972 England Kingsholm, Gloucester Ian Kirkpatrick
4 Wales Llanelli 3 9 31 October 1972 Wales Stradey Park, Llanelli Ian Kirkpatrick
5 Wales Cardiff 20 4 4 November 1972 Wales Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff Ian Kirkpatrick
6 England Cambridge University 34 3 8 November 1972 England Grange Road, Cambridge Sid Going
7 England London Counties 24 3 11 November 1972 England Twickenham, London Ian Kirkpatrick
8 Leinster Leinster 17 9 15 November 1972 Republic of Ireland Lansdowne Road, Dublin Sid Going
9 Ulster Ulster 19 6 18 November 1972 Northern Ireland Ravenhill, Belfast Ian Kirkpatrick
10 England North-Western Counties 14 16 22 November 1972 England Ellis Sports Ground, Workington Ian Kirkpatrick
11 Scotland Rest of Scottish Districts 26 6 25 November 1972 Scotland Mansfield Park, Hawick Ian Kirkpatrick
12 Monmouthshire (historic) Gwent 16 7 28 November 1972 Wales Welfare Sports Ground, Ebbw Vale Ian Kirkpatrick
13 England Midland Counties (West) 8 16 6 December 1972 England The Reddings, Moseley Ian Kirkpatrick
14 England North-Eastern Counties 9 3 9 December 1972 England Lidget Green, Bradford Ian Kirkpatrick
15 Scotland Glasgow and Edinburgh 16 10 12 December 1972 Scotland Little Hughenden Park, Glasgow Alex Wyllie
16 England Southern Counties 23 6 20 December 1972 England Iffley Road, Oxford Ian Kirkpatrick
17 England Combined Services 31 10 26 December 1972 England Twickenham, London Alex Wyllie
18 Wales East Glamorgan 20 9 30 December 1972 Wales Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff Ian Kirkpatrick
19 England South-Western Counties[3] 30 7 2 January 1973 England The Recreation Ground, Redruth Ian Kirkpatrick
20 Newport, Wales Newport 20 15 10 January 1973 Wales Rodney Parade, Newport Sid Going
21 England Midland Counties (East)[4] 43 12 13 January 1973 England Welford Road, Leicester Ian Kirkpatrick
22 Munster Munster 3 3 16 January 1973 Republic of Ireland Musgrave Park, Cork Alex Wyllie
23 Wales Neath and Aberavon 43 3 24 January 1973 Wales The Gnoll, Neath Ian Kirkpatrick
24 Barbarians 11 23 27 January 1973 Wales Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff Ian Kirkpatrick
25 France South-West Selection 12 3 31 January 1973 France Tarbes Stadium, Tarbes Ian Kirkpatrick
26 France France 'B' 23 8 3 February 1973 France Stade Municipal[disambiguation needed], Lyon Ian Kirkpatrick
27 France French Selection 6 3 7 February 1973 France Stade Marcel Michelin, Clermont-Ferrand Sid Going

Barbarians[edit]

27 January 1973
Barbarians 23–11  New Zealand
Edwards (4 – 1t)
Slattery (4 – 1t)
Bevan (4 – 1t)
Williams (4 – 1t)
Bennett (7 – 2c, 1pg)
Report (8 – 2t) Batty
(3 – 1pg) Karam
Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: G. Domercq (FFR)
FB 15 Wales J.P.R. Williams
RW 14 England David Duckham
IC 13 Wales John Dawes (c)
OC 12 Ulster Mike Gibson
LW 11 Wales John Bevan
FH 10 Wales Phil Bennett
SH 9 Wales Gareth Edwards
LP 1 Connacht Ray McLoughlin
HK 2 England John Pullin
TP 3 Scotland Sandy Carmichael
LL 4 Ulster Willie John McBride
RL 5 England Bob Wilkinson
BF 6 Wales Tom David
OF 7 Leinster Fergus Slattery
N8 8 Wales Derek Quinnell
FB 15 Joe Karam
RW 14 Bryan Williams
IC 13 Bruce Robertson
OC 12 Ian Hurst
LW 11 Grant Batty
FH 10 Bob Burgess
SH 9 Sid Going
LP 1 Graham Whiting
HK 2 Ron Urlich
TP 3 Kent Lambert
LL 4 Peter Whiting
RL 5 Hamish Macdonald
BF 6 Alistair Scown
OF 7 Ian Kirkpatrick (c)
N8 8 Alex Wyllie

Touring party[edit]

Backs[edit]

Forwards[edit]

  • Alan Sutherland (Marlborough)
  • Alex Wyllie (Canterbury)
  • Bevan Holmes (North Auckland)
  • Ian Kirkpatrick (Poverty Bay)
  • Ken Stewart (Southland)
  • Alistair Scown (Taranaki)
  • Hamish Macdonald (Canterbury)
  • Ian Eliason (Taranaki)
  • Andy Haden (Auckland)
  • Peter Whiting (Auckland)
  • Keith Murdoch (Otago)
  • Jeff Matheson (Otago)
  • Kent Lambert (Manawatu)
  • Graham Whiting (King Country)
  • Ron Urlich (Auckland)
  • Tane Norton (Canterbury)
  • Lindsay Clark (Otago) replacement during tour
  • Sandy McNichol (Wanganui) replacement during tour

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://stats.allblacks.com/asp/tourbreak.asp?IDID=68
  2. ^ Gloucestershire and Somerset
  3. ^ Cornwall and Devon
  4. ^ East Midlands, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire

External links[edit]