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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:08 am 
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My first memory is going with my dad and 2 or 3 brothers to Hawkes Bay games in Napier in the early 60s.

Some of you old buggers with attendance at the 1956 Boks series make me so bloody jealous.

I went to a lot of Ranfurly Shield defences at Rugby Park in the early fifties.
Was there for Waikato's famous win against the Boks in 1956.


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First game was Scotland V New Zealand in 1967 sitting in the schoolboy enclosure at Murrayfield. I went with the school, all our teams played Edinburgh schools in the morning, then we were dropped off in George St in central Edinburgh and just told when to be back. We were expected to make our own way to the ground and back; I was 11 years old. It would not be allowed today.


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30 October 1991
NZ v Scotland 3rd place play off RWC
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Got splattered on Brains Dark before during and after.


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1998. Australia v South Africa. Living in Perth at the time. It was the first ever test match in Perth. Every rugby-starved kiwi in Perth seemed to be there that night. All the saffas in the city were also there making a hell of a racket.


Actually, I lie. I've just remembered that I was at Australia v England in 1995 at the SFS whilst on u14s tour in Sydney. We were sitting with what seemed like a whole bunch of other schools behind the goal lines. Some Daramalan 1st XVers were behind us.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:09 am 
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I watched the Wallabies play a provincial team when I lived in NZ but my first international was the Wallabies vs Lions at Ballymore. The match with "that pass" from Campo. The massive fight started by the Lions happened right in front of me.


I didn't know you had a NZ history. Where in NZ did you live?


I did Form 2 and 3 in Whanganui.


What job brought your ma/pa here?


Dad was a mine manager and managed the Waverly Iron Sands Mine until 1987.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:36 am 
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First international game:

Bay Of Plenty v the Lions, Tauranga Domain 1971.

First test:

The flour bomb test, Eden Park 1981.


Booooooooo!!!


Well, quite. I was young and stupid. However it was f**king exciting game.


Wasn't it just. Did you get a bit frightened when that bloody plane dipped low?


I was 18 and from Tauranga. It was almost the most exciting thing that had ever happened to me! :D


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1987 RWC Quarter Final All Blacks vs Scotland. Long car ride down from our home at the top of the South Island punctuated with a feed of fish n chips in Kaikoura. Great performance by the All Blacks although didn't really appreciate that fully at the time, and was stoked to get Warwick Taylor's autograph after the game.


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Started with the best....

In Vancouver BC - well actually in was at the stadium in Burnaby to be precise.

All Blacks 43 Canada 10 - 1980


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Ireland Italy 2000 in their 1st 6N at Lansdowne Road.
Italy got spanked by Ireland.
Was in the Gods in the old stand with wooden chairs over the railway line that you thought would collapse everytime a train went under it.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:47 am 
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First game was Scotland V New Zealand in 1967 sitting in the schoolboy enclosure at Murrayfield. I went with the school, all our teams played Edinburgh schools in the morning, then we were dropped off in George St in central Edinburgh and just told when to be back. We were expected to make our own way to the ground and back; I was 11 years old. It would not be allowed today.

Was this the one Meads was sent off?


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1998. Australia v South Africa. Living in Perth at the time. It was the first ever test match in Perth. Every rugby-starved kiwi in Perth seemed to be there that night. All the saffas in the city were also there making a hell of a racket.


Actually, I lie. I've just remembered that I was at Australia v England in 1995 at the SFS whilst on u14s tour in Sydney. We were sitting with what seemed like a whole bunch of other schools behind the goal lines. Some Daramalan 1st XVers were behind us.

97? Don't think England played Oz in '95 other than RWC95.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:52 am 
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Taranaki vs Springboks, Rugby Park New Plymouth, 1994

All Blacks vs England, Eden Park, 2008


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1974 BIL vs Rhodesia, we got absolutely smacked, don't remember it as I was 7 years old, just know I was there


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Ireland - New Zealand in Lansdowne road in 2001.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:25 am 
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Wales v France 1978

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1986, Lansdowne Road, Ireland Wales.

Wales won, and so began a painful 14 years


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First game was Scotland V New Zealand in 1967 sitting in the schoolboy enclosure at Murrayfield. I went with the school, all our teams played Edinburgh schools in the morning, then we were dropped off in George St in central Edinburgh and just told when to be back. We were expected to make our own way to the ground and back; I was 11 years old. It would not be allowed today.

Was this the one Meads was sent off?

It was and it was a terrible decision by Kelleher. There were a few things Mead's might have gone for over the years but that was definitely not one of them.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:18 am 
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I think mine would have been NZ v World XV at Eden Park in....1992?

First first class game would probably be Auckland v Otago in i think 1991? Or whatever year it was where that controversial try happened (which was totally a try, i was right there)


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1980 Ireland V Scotland LR.


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First first class game would probably be Auckland v Otago in i think 1991? Or whatever year it was where that controversial try happened (which was totally a try, i was right there)


Penalty try? That was 1995.


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1980 Ireland V Scotland LR.


You're a rare thing, an Irish rugby fan pre millennium :thumbup:


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Think the first time I was in one of the big cities at the same to e as an international tour was during THAT Bok tour.
I remember being bitterly disappointed at not being allowed to go, and very confused as why sports and politics were being mixed up.


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1981 Ireland v France, was there with my old club ( Luxembourg ) who were affiliated to the FFR, so it meant we could get tickets for the french games

I'd only started playing a year or so earlier and this was a great 'educational' trip. I know what goes on tour stays on tour so that's all I can say.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:04 am 
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Ireland - New Zealand in Lansdowne road in 2001.


McCaw's test debut?


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Think the first time I was in one of the big cities at the same to e as an international tour was during THAT Bok tour.
I remember being bitterly disappointed at not being allowed to go, and very confused as why sports and politics were being mixed up.


I was only a young feller at the time but I remember seeing a debate on TV prior to the tour and wondering why everyone was being so racist and not wanting to play rugby against Africans...


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I think my first test match was All Blacks v Scotland in 1987 at Lancaster Park - great match between one of the best All Black teams of all time and probably the greatest Scotland team of all time.


Nah the 91 side that only just lost in NZ was a slightly better team I think. Rutherford and Deans were class but the 91 back row was better and Armstrong was better than Laidlaw


That 87 back row was Finlay Calder, John Jeffrey and Iain Paxton - they were awesome. The front row had Sole, Deans and Milne with White in the 2nd row - surely you have not had a better pack than that?


I remember that the Scottish side that won the 5N in 1984 had a very good forward pack. I'm assuming that most of them were still in the side in 1987.


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Ireland v Romania in 1998

Whole underage section of the club went up - played Naas on the way and got McDonalds - good times for culchie lads.


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England V Wales 5N 1970
England lost and finished bottom iirc? First time I'd seen the likes of JPR, Barry John, Gerald Davies, David Duckham etc in the flesh. Also first time i'd been to the "old", wooden Twickenham.
Went along to Old Deer Park first to watch L Welsh play. First time I had more than a few beers with my Dad


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Ireland-Italy 6N 2002, I think.


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Tehui wrote:
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Ireland - New Zealand in Lansdowne road in 2001.


McCaw's test debut?

Yeah. Ireland came storming out of the gate before being put to the sword in the second half as per usual. My dad was telling me the whole way back home that McCaw was going to be a great.


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1990, Murrayfield, Calcutta Cup (I would no doubt have gone to Murrayfield sooner had my parents not moved the family to England when I was less than 1 :x ). South terrace, couldn't see a thing (including Stanger's try), but the atmosphere was extraordinary. An amazing feeling of elation (and relief) at the final whistle.


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Scotland-England 1998 Five Nations Championship at Murrayfield. Can't really remember much of the match, other than the taxi-driver going on about David Sole endlessly on the way to the ground.


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Actually, I just remembered I saw my first "international" in 1973. The All Blacks v NZ Maori at Rotorua Stadium - it was the official opening of the stadium, it pissed down with rain solidly, the game was shite and we were standing on the grass bank above the terraces and the ground began to give way under us.

That stadium has always been fecking awful. Although I did witness the Bay putting 40 points on the Wallabies in 1982 and one of the best all-in brawls I ever saw was in 1983 when the Bay played the Lions. 29 players beating the crap out of each other and little Greg Rowlands running around not knowing whether to join in or try to break up a fight.


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My first test was in 1978 to see the All Blacks play the Wallabies at Athletic Park in Wellington. I went with my dad and my two uncles. I was young, but I remember sitting in the Millard stand and thinking if I stood up I would get blown off the stand.


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First Test in 1959.....Lions v NZ third Test at Lancaster Park. As an 11 year old i was in paradise....embankment with metal rails....the shift down three steps when the crowd leaned forward to follow play into the corners of the paddock....back up three steps when they straightened back up again....Ralph Caulton scored two tries for AB's....every kid wanted to be him....DB Clarke at fullback....six hour trip to get to the park from Nelson.....


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1979 Otley
North of England v New Zealend


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First Test in 1959.....Lions v NZ third Test at Lancaster Park. As an 11 year old i was in paradise....embankment with metal rails....the shift down three steps when the crowd leaned forward to follow play into the corners of the paddock....back up three steps when they straightened back up again....Ralph Caulton scored two tries for AB's....every kid wanted to be him....DB Clarke at fullback....six hour trip to get to the park from Nelson.....


Was it the 59 tour when the Kiwi crowd chanted "Red Red Red" at one of the tests because they didn't like Don Clarke kicking the ABs to victory? IIRC it was one of the greatest tours.


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I remember breaking the couch, jumping up and down on it in our family room in the mid 70's watching the 5N's. Rugby wouldn't have been a big sport around us, all GAA. I spent every Sunday during the summer off at football or hurling matches.


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