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Wales V New Zealand Classics

Wales V New Zealand Classics


NEW ZEALAND 33 WALES 12 (at Eden Park, Auckland, 14/06/1969).

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(Second Test)

This was the first Wales tour of New Zealand and they carried on to meet Australia and Fiji before returning.

Wales lost to the All Blacks in the first test a week earlier in Christchurch by 19-0, but with many of the players who were to star for the Lions in New Zealand two years later, hopes were high for a win to tie the series.

It was not to be however. New Zealand only won 3-2 on the try-count, but in Fergie McCormick they possessed the match-winner. The Canterbury full back, whose son later was the Japanese skipper, notched a then-world record of 24 points with three conversions, five penalties and a brilliant drop goal.

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Wales scored two excellent tries – the first by Keith Jarrett and the second by wing Maurice Richards.

The Richards try was one of the best ever scored by a Wales player, as he just defeated McCormick and Earle Kirton in a dash to the line. But it was the New Zealand pack, led by Brian Lochore and having the mighty Colin Meads at lock, that took the plaudits.

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