1968 New Zealand rugby union tour of Australia and Fiji

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1968 New Zealand rugby union tour of Australia and Fiji
Summary
PWDL
Total
12 120000
Test match
03030000
Opponent
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Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
2 2 0 0
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji [1]
1 1 0 0

The 1968 New Zealand tour rugby to Australia and Fiji was the 21st tour by the New Zealand national rugby union team to Australia and it ended with a match at Fiji.

New Zealand national rugby union team mens rugby union team of New Zealand

The New Zealand national rugby union team, called the All Blacks, represents New Zealand in men's rugby union, which is known as the country's national sport. The team has won the last two Rugby World Cups, in 2011 and 2015 as well as the inaugural tournament in 1987.

Rugby union Team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby union, widely known simply as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts at each end.

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The previous tour by the All Blacks to Australia was the 1962 tour. The Wallabies had visited New Zealand in 1964.

The 1962 New Zealand tour rugby to Australia was the 20th tour by the New Zealand national rugby union team to Australia.

Australia national rugby union team national team representing Australia in rugby union

The Australia national rugby union team, nicknamed the Wallabies, is controlled by Rugby Australia. The team first played at Sydney in 1899, winning their first test match against the touring British Isles team.

The 1964 Australia rugby union tour of New Zealand was a series of thirteen matches played by the Australia national rugby union team in August 1964. The "Wallabies " lost the series, winning one test out of three against the All Blacks but losing the other. So the Bledisloe Cup, contested for the first time since 1962, remain owned by New Zealand.

The All Backs won all both Test matches and the Bledisloe Cup.

Bledisloe Cup

The Bledisloe Cup is a rugby union competition between the national teams of Australia and New Zealand that has been competed for since the 1930s. The frequency at which the competition has been held and the number of matches played has varied, but as of 2016, it consists of an annual three-match series, with two of the matches also counting towards The Rugby Championship. New Zealand have had the most success, winning the trophy for the 47th time in 2018, while Australia have won 12 times.

Before the first Test Australian coach (and former Wallaby and All Black) Des Connor had studied the rulebook and after consulting with referees, he introduced tactically the first short lineout ever used in a match in the southern hemisphere. [2] This tactic is now a common part of rugby at all levels.

Desmond Michael Connor is an Australian former rugby union halfback who represented internationally both the Australian and New Zealand national rugby union teams. He is an inductee in the Australian Rugby Union Hall of Fame.

The tour

Scores and results list All Blacks's points tally first.

Opposing TeamForAgainstDateVenueStatus
Sydney14921 May 1968 Moore Park, SydneyTour match
Tasmania 74025 May 1968 Queenborough Oval, HobartTour match
Junior Wallabies43328 May 1968 Norwood Oval, AdelaideTour match
Victoria 6801 June 1968 Olympic Stadium, MelbourneTour match
A.C.T. 4405 June 1968 Manuka Oval, CanberraTour match
New South Wales 3058 June 1968 Moore Park, SydneyTour match
New South Wales Country 29310 June 1968Sports Ground, Newcastle Tour match
Australia Comb. Serv45812 June 1968 North Sydney Oval, SydneyTour match
Australia 271115 June 1968 Cricket Ground, SydneyTest match
Queensland 34318 June 1968 Ballymore, BrisbaneTour match
Australia 191822 June 1968 Ballymore, BrisbaneTest match
Fiji 33625 June 1968 National Stadium, SuvaTour match

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References

  1. Official test match only for Fijian Rugby Union not for New Zealand Rugby Union
  2. Howell p161

Published sources

Maxwell Leo "Max" Howell AO was an Australian educator and rugby union player. He played 5 Tests and 27 non-Test games for Australia between 1946 and 1948. He went on to become a physical education teacher and Professor at the University of Queensland. In 2003 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia "for service to education as a pioneer in the development of sports studies and sport science as academic disciplines".