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New Zealand v England ‘a look back’ ~ 1963 ~

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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.

TODAY we look at the 2 Test Series in 1963

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The 113th All Black Test – 499th All Black Game

New Zealand vs England at Eden Park
Auckland, New Zealand
Saturday, 25 May 1963

Fulltime – New Zealand 21,  England 11
Halftime – New Zealand 0,  England 6
Attendance – 53000
Conditions – Weather fine, ground firm
Referee – C. F. Robson  (Waikato, New Zealand)
All Blacks:
England:

1 W. J. Whineray (C)
2 D. Young
3 I. J. Clarke
4 A. J. Stewart
5 C. E. Meads
6 W. J. Nathan
7 K. R. Tremain
8 D. J. Graham
9 D. M. Connor
10 B. A. Watt
11 R. W. Caulton
12 T. N. Wolfe
13 I. N. Uttley
14 D. W. McKay
15 D. B. Clarke

1 P. E. Judd
2 H. O. Godwin
3 C. R. Jacobs
4 T. A. Pargetter
5 A. M. Davis
6 D. P. Rogers
7 V. R. Marriott
8 D. G. Perry
9 S. J. S. Clarke
10 J. P. Horrocks-Taylor
11 J. M. Dee
12 W. H. Weston (C)
13 M. S. Phillips
14 J. M. Ranson
15 R. W. Hosen
Scorers
All Blacks
England

Tries: R. W. Caulton (2), D. B. Clarke
Conversions: D. B. Clarke (3)
Penalty Goals: D. B. Clarke
Drop Goals: D. B. Clarke

Tries: J. M. Ranson
Conversions: R. W. Hosen
Penalty Goals: R. W. Hosen (2)

Colin Meads decides to barge through Judd rather than seek a way round him. English half-back, Simon Clarke, and All Black prop, Ian Clarke, close in.
Colin Meads decides to barge through Judd rather than seek a way round him. English half-back, Simon Clarke, and All Black prop, Ian Clarke, close in.

For the first time, New Zealand were hosts to a side from the Home Unions, when England, who had won the five-nation championship during the 1962-63 season, arranged to make a five match, two Test tour during the early part of the 1963 season. After defeating Wellington in their initial match, the tourists had gone down to Otago 9-14 in their second game.

The only player known to New Zealanders was Phil Horrocks-Taylor who had come to New Zealand as a replacement for the 1959 Lions, playing in four matches including the third Test. The captain, Mike Weston, had won sixteen caps for his country and had toured South Africa with the 1962 Lions. After selection, the lock forward John Owen, who had been carried from the field in the final minutes of the game against Otago, withdrew from the Test team and was replaced by Tom Pargetter a 30 year old, six foot four inch baker, who was winning his third and final cap.

The New Zealand team included two players making their Test debuts in Ian Uttley, the 21 year old Victoria University centre whose father had represented Otago and N.Z. Universities, and the 22 year old lock Allan Stewart who had impressed with his play during the previous season. An injury to Paul Little gave Uttley his chance. After selection Rod Heeps was forced to withdraw with a shoulder injury and was replaced by Ralph Caulton who arrived in Auckland on the morning of the match. The brothers Don and Ian Clarke were both playing their twenty-third Test equalling R.A. White’s record of international appearances for New Zealand.

Conditions were perfect as England kicked off and almost immediately they were awarded a penalty from a line-out 10 yards outside the All Black 25. Roger Hosen, making the first of his ten international appearances at the age of 29, was successful with the kick to open the scoring. He landed a further penalty after eight minutes when Meads was adjudged off-side 30 yards from his posts. Don Clarke had missed an early penalty and midway through the spell failed with a dropped goal attempt and two long range penalties.

Halftime was reached with England still ahead by six points but, in the first minute of the second half, Don Clarke landed his first successful kick of the match when a 43 yard attempt went over.

In the fifth minute England won a ruck on the All Black 25 and Simon Clarke broke away on the blindside, with Rogers, Phillips and Ranson in support. As Connor tackled Clarke the the pass went to Rogers who transferred to Ranson. Don Clarke tried to spoil the pass but the winger eluded the big full-back and sprinted around Wolfe to score a well-engineered try fifteen yards to the right of the posts. Hosen converted to lengthen the English lead to 11-03.

New Zealand struck back five minutes later when Watt kicked for the corner following a ruck on the English 25 and the five-eighth had run on the blind. Don Clarke was up to gather the ball and force down with one hand as Phillips attempted to tackle him. The full-back converted with a fine kick after a no-charge had been ruled by the referee whilst an abortive first attempt was being taken.

It was in the twentieth minute of the half when New Zealand took the lead for the first time in The match. From a scrum near the English 25, Wolfe nudged a kick ahead that was taken by Uttley who ran a few yards before sending Caulton away.

The winger shrugged off a tackle before running around behind the posts to score. Clarke goaled to make the score 13-11. Although the game looked as if it was equally poised at this stage the English forwards were tiring and it was All Blacks who were doing most of the attacking.

With five minutes to go, Caulton scored his second try from a blindside move following an attacking ruck. Watt made a short burst before handing on to Caulton who went around to score deep in in-goal close to the line of the posts. Clarke again converted to make the game safe for New Zealand.

To complete the unique feat of scoring in all four ways in a Test, Clarke fielded a long pass back from Connor and with only seconds remaining, coolly dropkicked a goal from 37 yards out. Right from the restart England were awarded a penalty but Hosen could not kick the goal and thegame ended immediately after.

The 114th All Black Test – 500th All Black Game

New Zealand vs England at Lancaster Park
Christchurch, New Zealand
Saturday, 1 June 1963

Fulltime – New Zealand 9,  England 6
Halftime – New Zealand 6,  England 3
Attendance – 40000
Conditions – Weather overcast, cold and windy, ground firm
Referee – J. P. Murphy  (North Auckland, New Zealand)
All Blacks:
England:

1 W. J. Whineray (C)
2 D. Young
3 I. J. Clarke
4 A. J. Stewart
5 C. E. Meads
6 W. J. Nathan
7 K. R. Tremain
8 D. J. Graham
9 D. M. Connor
10 B. A. Watt
11 R. W. Caulton
12 P. T. Walsh
13 I. N. Uttley
14 D. W. McKay
15 D. B. Clarke

1 P. E. Judd
2 H. O. Godwin
3 C. R. Jacobs
4 D. G. Perry
5 A. M. Davis
6 D. P. Rogers
7 V. R. Marriott
8 B. J. Wightman
9 S. J. S. Clarke
10 J. P. Horrocks-Taylor
11 J. M. Ranson
12 M. P. Weston (C)
13 M. S. Phillips
14 F. D. Sykes
15 R. W. Hosen
Scorers
All Blacks
England

Tries: D. W. McKay, P. T. Walsh
Goals from mark: D. B. Clarke

Tries: M. S. Phillips
Penalty Goals: R. W. Hosen

English captain, Mike Weston, looks on in dismay as Pat Walsh scores ahead of Davis.
English captain, Mike Weston, looks on in dismay as Pat Walsh scores ahead of Davis.

In the only match played since the first Test the previous Saturday, the English team had been beaten by the surprisingly wide margin of 20-5 by Hawke’s Bay. In this game, future All Black Ian MacRae had distinguished himself by scoring three fine tries.

For the international, the English selectors brought in the 35 year old Frank Sykes to play on the right wing with Ranson switching to the left in place of Dee. Sykes, who had last played an international in 1955, had been one of England’s better players at Napier. Perry was moved from the back row to partner Davis at lock with Brian Wightman taking over at number eight. A schoolmaster, Wightman emigrated to Canada the following year and, in 1967, represented British Colombia against New Zealand.

The New Zealand selectors made only one change to the All Black side, replacing Wolfe with Pat Walsh, a versatile back who had played internationals in four backline positions. Walsh had not played for New Zealand since the first Test of the 1959 series against the Lions. England won the toss and decided to take first use of the fresh southerly wind. Clarke was wide with a penalty attempt from 50 yards in the fifth minute, as was Hosen from a yard inside his own half in the fourteenth. Clarke missed a further shot from a wide angle three minutes later. At this stage, the big English lock forward Mike Davis was forced to leave the field with a dislocated shoulder.

The first points in the match came after twenty-five minutes when Connor broke from midfield. He linked with Meads and Tremain who fed the flying McKay 25 yards out. The winger sprinted the distance to score near the corner. Clarke was unable to convert from the wide angle. Davis, after having his shoulder strapped, returned to the field to complete the game with only one useful arm.

Hosen evened the score after thirty-one minutes with a 3 5 yard penalty from almost in front. Two minutes before halftime, New Zealand scored again following a movement that saw a Caulton centre-kick taken by Meads and a maul formed. The ball emerged and moved along the backline to McKay who dropped the ball in a tackle. Walsh was on hand however to toe the ball to the line and beat a gallant Davis to the touch in a desperate dive. Clarke was again astray with the conversion, and the halftime score was 6-3 in favour of the home side.

Five minutes after the resumption, Ranson made the opening for England’ s try when he beat McKay inside his own half and moved up to the 10 yard mark before in-passing to Rogers as he was tackled from behind. The flanker put a long raking punt towards the All Black line where Phillips was up quickly to gather and score in the corner. Hosen’s kick missed and the teams were locked at 6-6, a score that was to stand until five minutes from no-side when Don Clarke claimed a fair catch in the face of the charging English forwards just on half-way towards the left hand touch line. He retired about a further eight yards, where his brother held the ball, and prepared to kick this vital goal. A preliminary movement induced the anxious English players on the mark to charge prematurely and the referee ruled that the charge be forfeited. After Ian had placed the ball, Don magnificently goaled the 65 yard kick to win the match. In the remaining minutes Hosen had a chance to save the game for England with a 38 yard penalty, but the attempt was astray.

It was a match that New Zealand had been fortunate to win. Despite their poor tour record and the serious injury of Davis, England had risen to the challenge valiantly and were desperately unlucky not to have drawn the match. Their intensive tour, which had seen them play two tough Test matches and three of the country’s strongest provinces in eighteen days, was considered by many critics to be too hard. On the Tuesday following this match they went down to Australia at Sydney 9-18 to complete their tour. Of the New Zealand team, three-quarters McKay and Uttley, Pat Walsh and veteran prop Ian Clarke had played in their final international.

Tomorrow we shall have a look back at 1973 Test vs England played in New Zealand at Eden Park on the Saturday, 15 September 1973

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

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Overall Stats New Zealand

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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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Acknowledgement : Men in Black 1903-1993ISBN: 1 86958 061 3


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