|1968 New Zealand rugby union tour of Australia and Fiji|
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.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.
Scores and results list All Blacks's points tally first.
|Sydney||14||9||21 May 1968||Moore Park, Sydney||Tour match|
|Tasmania||74||0||25 May 1968||Queenborough Oval, Hobart||Tour match|
|Junior Wallabies||43||3||28 May 1968||Norwood Oval, Adelaide||Tour match|
|Victoria||68||0||1 June 1968||Olympic Stadium, Melbourne||Tour match|
|A.C.T.||44||0||5 June 1968||Manuka Oval, Canberra||Tour match|
|New South Wales||30||5||8 June 1968||Moore Park, Sydney||Tour match|
|New South Wales Country||29||3||10 June 1968||Sports Ground, Newcastle||Tour match|
|Australia Comb. Serv||45||8||12 June 1968||North Sydney Oval, Sydney||Tour match|
|Australia||27||11||15 June 1968||Cricket Ground, Sydney||Test match|
|Queensland||34||3||18 June 1968||Ballymore, Brisbane||Tour match|
|Australia||19||18||22 June 1968||Ballymore, Brisbane||Test match|
|Fiji||33||6||25 June 1968||National Stadium, Suva||Tour match|
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