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1979 New Zealand rugby union tour of England, Scotland and Italy

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1979 New Zealand rugby union tour of England, Scotland and Italy

The 1979 New Zealand rugby union tour of England, Scotland and Italy was a series of eleven matches played by the New Zealand national rugby union team (the All Blacks) in England, Scotland and Italy in October and November 1979. The tour was very successful as the team won ten of the eleven games, including the international matches against Scotland and England. The only team to defeat the All Blacks was the English Northern Division.


Scores and results list New Zealand's points tally first.
Opposing Team For Against Date Venue
London Division 21 18 October 24 Twickenham, London
South of Scotland 19 3 October 27 Mansfield Park, Hawick
Edinburgh 16 4 October 31 Myreside, Edinburgh
Midland Division 33 7 November 3 Welford Road, Leicester
Glasgow 12 6 November 6 Hughenden, Glasgow
SCOTLAND 20 6 November 10 Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Anglo-Scots 18 9 November 14 Dundee
Northern Division 9 21 November 17 Cross Green, Otley
South-West and South Division 16 0 November 20 County Ground, Exeter
ENGLAND 10 9 November 24 Twickenham, London
Italy 18 12 November 28 Rovigo

Test Matches


November 10, 1979
Scotland  6 – 20  New Zealand
Irvine (6 – 2pg) (4 - 1t) Loveridge
(4 - 1t) Mexted
(4 - 1t) S. Wilson
(4 - 1t) Dunn
(4 - 2c) R. Wilson
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: Roger Quittenton (RFU)

SCOTLAND: Andy Irvine, Keith Robertson, Jim Renwick, David Johnston, Bruce Hay, John Rutherford, Alan Lawson, Iain Milne, Colin Deans, Ian McLauchlan (c), Alan Tomes, David Gray, Gordon Dickson, Ian Lambie, Mike Biggar

NEW ZEALAND: Richard Wilson, Stu Wilson, Gary Cunningham, Murray Taylor, Bernie Fraser, Eddie Dunn, Dave Loveridge, Brad Johnstone, Andy Dalton, John Speirs, Andy Haden, John Fleming, Ken Stewart, Murray Mexted, Graham Mourie (c).


November 24, 1979
England  9 – 10  New Zealand
Hare (9 – 3pg) (6 - 2pg) R. Wilson
(4 - 1t) Fleming
Twickenham, London
Referee: Norman Sanson (SRU)

ENGLAND: Dusty Hare, John Carleton, Tony Bond, Nick Preston, Mike Slemen, Les Cusworth, Steve Smith, Fran Cotton, Peter Wheeler, Colin Smart, Bill Beaumont (c), Maurice Colclough, Tony Neary, John Scott, Mike Rafter

NEW ZEALAND: Richard Wilson, Brian Ford Stu Wilson, Gary Cunningham, Bernie Fraser, Murray Taylor, Dave Loveridge, Brad Johnstone, Peter Sloane, John Speirs, Andy Haden, John Fleming, Ken Stewart, Murray Mexted, Graham Mourie (c).

Touring party

  • Manager: Russell Thomas
  • Assistant Manager: Eric Watson
  • Captain: Graham Mourie

Full Back


  • Stu Wilson (Wellington)
  • Brian Ford (Marlborough)
  • Bernie Fraser (Wellington)
  • Gary Cunningham (Auckland)
  • Tim Twigden (Auckland)
  • Kieran Keane (Canterbury)




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