1976 New Zealand rugby union tour of South Africa

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1976 New Zealand tour in South Africa
Manager: Noel Stanley
Tour captain(s): Andy Leslie
Type P W D L
Total: 24 18 0 6
Test match: 4 1 0 3
Opp. P W D L
 South Africa 4 1 0 3
Statistics against Test match opponents

In 1976 the All Blacks toured South Africa, with the blessing of the then-newly elected New Zealand Prime Minister, Rob Muldoon.[1] Twenty-five African nations protested against this by boycotting the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.[2] In their view the All Black tour gave tacit support to the apartheid regime in South Africa. The five Maori players on the tour, Billy Bush, Sid Going, Kent Lambert, Bill Osborne and Tane Norton, as well as ethnic-Samoan Bryan Williams, were offered honorary white status in South Africa. Bush asserts that he was deliberately provocative toward the apartheid regime while he was there.[3]

The All Blacks achieved a record of 18 wins and 6 losses, and they lost the test series 3–1.

Matches[edit]

Scores and results list New Zealand's points tally first.

Opposing Team For Against Date Venue Status
Border/North East Cape 24 0 30 June 1976 Border R.U. Ground, East London Tour Match
Eastern Province 28 15 3 July 1976 Boet Erasmus Stadium, Port Elizabeth Tour Match
South African Proteas 25 3 7 July 1976 Goodward, Cape Town Tour Match
SA Invitation XV 31 24 10 July 1976 Newlands, Cape Town Tour Match
Boland 42 6 14 July 1976 Boland Stadium, Wellington Tour Match
Western Province 11 12 17 July 1976 Newlands, Cape Town Tour Match
SA Gazelles 21 15 20 July 1976 Boet Erasmus Stadium, Port Elizabeth Tour Match
South Africa 7 16 24 July 1976 Kings Park, Durban Test Match
Western Transvaal 42 3 28 July 1976 Olen Park, Potchefstroom Tour Match
Transvaal 12 10 31 July 1976 Ellis Park, Johannesburg Tour Match
South African Universities 21 9 4 August 1976 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria Tour Match
Eastern Transvaal 26 12 7 August 1976 Pam Brink Stadium, Springs Tour Match
Orange Free State Country Invitation XV 31 6 10 August 1976 Welkom Ground, Welkom Tour Match
South Africa 15 9 14 August 1976 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein Test Match
Quagga-Barbarians 32 31 18 August 1976 Ellis Park, Johannesburg Tour Match
Northern Transvaal 27 29 21 August 1976 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria Tour Match
Transvaal Country Invitation XV 48 13 24 August 1976 Witbank Ground, Witbank Tour Match
Natal 42 13 28 August 1976 King's Park, Durban Tour Match
Leopards 31 0 31 August 1976 Mdantsana, East London Tour Match
South Africa 10 15 4 September 1976 Newlands, Cape Town Test Match
NW Cape Invitation XV 34 17 6 September 1976 Danie Kuys Stadium, Upington Tour Match
Orange Free State 10 15 11 September 1976 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein Tour Match
Griqualand West 26 3 14 September 1976 de Beers Stadium, Kimberly Tour Match
South Africa 14 15 18 September 1976 Ellis Park, Johannesburg Test Match

Touring party[edit]

Name Position Local Club Province (NZRU) Age (in 1976) Height Occupation Caps
Kit Fawcett Fullback NZ Universities Auckland 22 6'1" Student
Laurie Mains Fullback Southern Otago 30 5'11" Land Agent 4
Grant Batty Three-quarters Otumoetai Cadets Bay of Plenty 24 5'5" Manager 10
Terry Mitchell Three-quarters Linwood Canterbury 25 5'8" Carpenter
Bill Osborne Three-quarters Kaierau Wanganui 20 5'9" Stock agent 1
Neil Purvis Three-quarters Wanaka Otago 24 5'10" Farmer 1
Bruce Robertson Three-quarters Ardmore College Counties 23 6'1" Teacher 10
Bryan Williams Three-quarters Ponsonby Auckland 25 5'10" Lawyer 22
Doug Bruce Five-eighth Oxford Canterbury 28 5'10" Teacher
Lyn Jaffray Five-eighth Eastern Otago 25 5'10" Lamb buyer 3
Joe Morgan Five-eighth Mid-Northern North Auckland 30 5'10" Farmer 2
Duncan Robertson Five-eighth Zingari-Richmond Otago 29 5'10" Builder 6
Lyn Davis Scrum-half Suburbs Canterbury 32 5'8" Commercial grower 1
Sid Going Scrum-half Mid-Northern North Auckland 32 5'7" Farmer 22
Andy Leslie No. 8 Petone Wellington 31 6'2" Mercer 6
Alan Sutherland No. 8 Opawa Marlborough 31 6'3" Shearer 11
Kevin Eveleigh Flanker Feilding Manawatu 28 6'0" Farm contractor
Ian Kirkpatrick Flanker Ngapata Poverty Bay 29 6'3" Farmer 30
Lawrie Knight Flanker Ngapata Poverty Bay 26 6'3" Doctor
Ken Stewart Flanker Balfour Southland 23 6'0" Farmer 7
Hamish Macdonald Lock Kaikohe North Auckland 28 6'3" Farmer 9
Frank Oliver Lock Invercargill Marist Southland 27 6'3" Tree Planter
Gary Seear Lock Southern Otago 24 6'5" Draughtsman
Peter Whiting Lock Ponsonby Auckland 29 6'6" Teacher 16
Billy Bush Prop Belfast Canterbury 27 6'1" Commercial fisherman 4
Brad Johnstone Prop North Shore Auckland 25 6'3" Builder
Kent Lambert Prop Technical College Old Boys Manawatu 24 5'11" Shearer 6
Kerry Tanner Prop New Brighton Canterbury 29 6'2" Publican 6
Graeme Crossman Hooker Eastern Districts Bay of Plenty 30 5'10" Teacher
Tane Norton Hooker Linwood Canterbury 32 6'0" Company representative 19
Perry Harris Prop (tour replacement) Te Kawau Manawatu 30 6'1" Farmer

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Fortuin, Gregory (20 July 2006). "It's time to close the final chapter". The New Zealand Herald. 
  2. ^ "On This Day 17 July 1976". bbc.co.uk. 17 July 1976. Retrieved 17 January 2007. 
  3. ^ Rugby: Once was hatred, New Zealand Herald, 18 April 2010
  4. ^ a b McLean, Terry, Goodbye to Glory: The 1976 All Black Tour of South Africa. Wellington: A.H. & A.W. Reed Ltd., 1976. ISBN 0-589-01008-5

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