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

The 1972–73 New Zealand rugby union tour of the Britain, Ireland, France and North America was a collection of 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 seventh tour of the Northern Hemisphere. It was also the first time the All Blacks lost to the invitational Barbarians team.

1972–73 New Zealand rugby union tour of Britain, Ireland, France and North America
ManagerErnie Todd
Tour captain(s)Ian Kirkpatrick
Top point scorer(s)Joe Karam (145)
Top try scorer(s)Grant Batty (21)
Top test point scorer(s)Joe Karam (27)
Top test try scorer(s)Sid Going (2)
Alex Wyllie (2)
Summary
P W D L
Total
32 25 02 05
Test match
05 03 01 01
Opponent
P W D L
 England
1 1 0 0
 France
1 0 0 1
 Ireland
1 0 1 0
 Scotland
1 1 0 0
 Wales
1 1 0 0

In the club matches, the team only lost to Llanelli, North-Western Counties, Midland Counties (West), and the 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".

Touring partyEdit

BacksEdit

ForwardsEdit

Tour itineraryEdit

Test matchesEdit

Tries: Con: Pen: Drop:

WalesEdit

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
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

ScotlandEdit

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
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

EnglandEdit

6 January 1973
England  0–9  New Zealand
Report(4 – 1t) Kirkpatrick
(2 – 1c) Karam
(3 – 1dg) Williams
Twickenham, London
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 Stack 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

IrelandEdit

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
Referee: M. Joseph (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

FranceEdit

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
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 MatchesEdit

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

BarbariansEdit

27 January 1973
Barbarians23–11  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
Referee: G. Domercq (FFR)
FB 15   J.P.R. Williams
RW 14   David Duckham
IC 13   John Dawes (c)
OC 12   Mike Gibson
LW 11   John Bevan
FH 10   Phil Bennett
SH 9   Gareth Edwards
LP 1   Ray McLoughlin
HK 2   John Pullin
TP 3   Sandy Carmichael
LL 4   Willie John McBride
RL 5   Bob Wilkinson
BF 6   Tom David
OF 7   Fergus Slattery
N8 8   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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Stats | allblacks.com". stats.allblacks.com.
  2. ^ Gloucestershire and Somerset
  3. ^ Cornwall and Devon
  4. ^ East Midlands, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire

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