1973 England rugby union tour of Fiji and New Zealand

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1973 England tour in Fiji and New Zealand
Type P W D L
Total: 5 2 0 3
Test match: 2 2 0 0
Opp. P W D L
 Fiji[1] 1 1 0 0
 New Zealand 1 1 0 0
Statistics against Test match opponents

The 1973 England rugby union tour of Fiji and New Zealand was a series of matches played by the England national rugby union team in Fiji and New Zealand in August and September 1973. England played five games, including a Test match against the New Zealand national rugby union team and a match against the Fiji national rugby union team for which England did not award full internationals caps. England beat Fiji by only a single point and lost all three matches against New Zealand provincial teams but completed the tour with a first win against New Zealand since 1936.

This tour was hastily organised at very little notice when the originally planned tour of Argentina was cancelled due to terrorist theats against the players. A squad of 25 was selected, all but three capped, and nine of whom (six in the pack) had played in the match against the All Blacks at Twickenham nine months previously, in January 1973. David Duckham and "Stack" Stevens had been, with John Pullin, on the 1971 Lions tour.


Scores and results list England's points tally first.
Opposing Team For Against Date Venue Status
Fiji 13 12 28 August 1973 Buckhurst Park, Suva Tour match
Taranaki 3 6 1 September 1973 Rugby Park, New Plymouth Tour match
Wellington 16 25 5 September 1973 Athletic Park, Wellington Tour match
Canterbury 12 19 8 September 1973 Lancaster Park, Christchurch Tour match
New Zealand 16 10 15 September 1973 Eden Park, Auckland Test match

Touring party[edit]

  • Manager: D.L. Sanders
  • Assistant Manager: J. Elders
  • Captain: John Pullin (Bristol) 30 Caps

Full backs[edit]





  1. ^ For this match for which England did not award full internationals caps