1905 New Zealand Tour of UK, France & North America
Newport 3 v 6 New Zealand
23 December 1905 - Rodney Parade, Newport
New Zealand

Match Report

Newport 3 New Zealand 6

In the days when Newport fielded three half-backs and only seven forwards, the home team lost by one try and a penalty to a solitary penalty from full-back R B Griffiths.

The All Blacks were a fine team who had mastered the art of offloading the ball in or closely before the tackle, thus ensuring sweeping movements from their speedy backline. Such a move led to the New Zealand try scored by winger E Harper.

Tommy Vile later spoke of his huge admiration for the 1905 All Blacks’ as they had the ability to play whatever type of rugby was needed to combat the weather conditions. Whether it was a wet day or a dry day they could adapt their style. Similarly they were equally at home playing a forceful forward orientated game or alternative opening up the game to utilise their free-flowing backs

Attendance: 12000

Official : Gil Evans (England)

Newport New Zealand