After the Bledisloe Cup was won for the first time.

After the Bledisloe Cup was won for the first time.

The 1932 New Zealand team poses with the cup donor, Lord Bledisloe, aka Chattering Charlie, and his wife Alina, at Government House in Wellington.

Manager Billy Wallace sits in the middle. They’d won the new cup in a three-match series in Australia and went to lunch with the GG the day they got back to Wellington.

The original idea of the lunch was that Bledisloe would present his cup to Wallace at it but on learning the cup had been shipped to Sydney and handed over to Wallace at the end of the series, the vice-regal command was “come to lunch anyway.”
(The cup bears a plaque saying “1931” but that was added later and was a bit of NZRFU spin to acknowledge 1931 was the year in which Bledisloe offered the cup idea and the NZRFU accepted it.

But the cup itself did not exist until the following year).

Many thanks to Ron Palenski for the Story above


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