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New Zealand v England ‘a look back’ ~ 1905 ~


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Over the next few days we shall take a look back some of the Test Matches between New Zealand and England.

First up we have 1905 and the first Test Match between England and New Zealand at Crystal Place , London.

New Zealand vs England at Crystal Palace London, England Saturday, 2 December 1905
New Zealand vs England at Crystal Palace
London, England
Saturday, 2 December 1905

The 6th All Black Test – 79th All Black Game

Match Report:
The Test against England on 2 December turned out to be a record breaking match for Wellington winger Duncan McGregor.
The 23-year-old scored four tries in the All Blacks 15-0 win, which was a record until 1987.

As was expected, the match played at Crystal Palace, home of English soccer until Wembley Stadium was built, was a sellout and amongst the 70 000 spectators (although some claimed it was 100,000) was the Prince of Wales and other members of the royal family.

The ground was slippery and muddy and although the All Blacks played well, they were not at their best. And manager George Dixon wrote in his tour diary that the game was on the tame side, the exciting moments being few and far between.

But even so, C.B. Fry, a former international cricketer and soccer player wrote of the match: The notion that these men beat us because of our physical degeneracy is nonsense. They beat us by organization and by tactics.

Most notable was the uniform corporate instinct of the New Zealand pack of what was happening in the thick. They played like eight men with one eye, and that an all-seeing eye.

The All Blacks had by now won all 24 matches but the next Test, against Wales, would prove to be one of their biggest matches.

Points scorers
New Zealand. Tries: Duncan McGregor (4), Fred Newton

Fulltime – New Zealand 15,  England 0
Halftime – New Zealand 9,  England 0
Attendance – 45000
Conditions – Weather dull and cold, ground wet
Referee – G. Evans  (Midland Counties, England)
All Blacks:

1 S. T. Casey
2 G. A. Tyler
3 J. M. O’Sullivan
4 F. Newton
5 F. T. Glasgow
6 A. McDonald
7 C. E. Seeling
8 D. Gallaher (C)
9 F. Roberts
10 J. W. Stead
11 D. McGregor
12 J. Hunter
13 R. G. Deans
14 W. J. Wallace
15 G. A. Gillett

1 C. E. L. Hammond
2 V. H. Cartwright (C)
3 B. A. Hill
4 J. L. Mathais
5 E. W. Roberts
6 R. F. Russell
7 G. E. Summerscales
8 J. E. Raphael
9 J. Braithwaite
10 D. R. Gent
11 A. E. Hind
12 H. E. Shewring
13 R. E. Godfray
14 H. M. Imrie
15 E. J. Jackett
Positions displayed show the current player numbering system.
The past has seen players wear letters, Props wearing the Number 15 through to Fullbacks wearing Number 1.

Tomorrow we shall have a look back at 1963 the First Test England played in New Zealand at Eden Park on the 25th May 1963.

Last 10 Games played between the New Zealand v England
16-Nov-13 England 22-30 New Zealand Twickenham,  London, Eng
1-Dec-12 England 38-21 New Zealand Twickenham,  London, Eng
6-Nov-10 England 16-26 New Zealand Twickenham,  London, Eng
21-Nov-09 England 06-19 New Zealand Twickenham,  London, Eng
29-Nov-08 England 06-32 New Zealand Twickenham,  London, Eng
21-Jun-08 New Zealand 44-12 England Jade Stadium,  Christchurch, NZL
14-Jun-08 New Zealand 37-20 England Eden Park,  Auckland, NZL
5-Nov-06 England 20-41 New Zealand Twickenham,  London, Eng
19-Nov-05 England 19-23 New Zealand Twickenham,  London, Eng
19-Jun-04 New Zealand 36-12 England Eden Park,  Auckland, NZL

Overall Stats New Zealand

Overall Stats England
Games Played 36 Games Played 36
*Games Won 28 *Games Won 7
*Games Lost 7 *Games Lost 28
Games Drawn 1 Games Drawn 1
*Longest Winning Streak 9 *Longest Winning Streak 2
*Longest Losing Streak 2 *Longest Losing Streak 9
*Largest Points For 64 *Largest Points For 38
*Largest Points Against 38 *Largest Points Against 64
*Largest Winning Margin 42 *Largest Winning Margin 17
*Largest Losing Margin -17 *Largest Losing Margin -42
*Total Points For 861 *Total Points For 484
*Avg Points For 23.92 *Avg Points For 13.44
*Total Points Against 484 *Total Points Against 861
*Avg Points Against 13.44 *Avg Points Against 23.92
*Total Points Difference 377 *Total Points Difference -377
*Avg Points Difference 10.47 *Avg Points Difference -10.47
* = By New Zealand * = By England

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