1973 England rugby union tour of Fiji and New Zealand

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 international caps. England beat Fiji by only a single point and lost all three matches against New Zealand provincial teams but completed the tour with their first win against New Zealand since 1936.

1973 England rugby union tour of Fiji and New Zealand
Summary
P W D L
Total
05 02 00 03
Test match
02 02 00 00
Opponent
P W D L
 Fiji[1]
1 1 0 0
 New Zealand
1 1 0 0

This tour was hastily organised when a planned tour of Argentina was cancelled due to terrorist threats 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.

MatchesEdit

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 partyEdit

BacksEdit

ForwardsEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ England did not award full international caps for this match