1884 New Zealand rugby union tour of New South Wales

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1884 New Zealand rugby union tour of New South Wales
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Touring New Zealand team
Manager S.E. Sleigh
Tour captain(s) William Millton
Top point scorer(s) William Millton (35)
Thomas Ryan (35)
Top try scorer(s) William Millton (4)
08 08 00 00
Tour chronology
Next tour 1893 Australia

The first New Zealand team was selected in 1884, for a tour to New South Wales, Australia. It was a privately organized selection as the New Zealand Rugby Union was founded not until eight years later. On 22 May 1884, before the tour start, the team played a test match against the Wellington Rugby Football Union team, winning 9 to 0.[1] During the tour, the team recorded eight wins in eight matches in Australia.

Touring party[edit]

Name Position Province
Henry Braddon Fullback Otago
George Helmore Utility back Canterbury
Thomas Ryan Three quarter Auckland
Joe Warbrick Three quarter Auckland
Edwin Davy Half-back Wellington
John Dumbell Utility Back, Forward Wellington
Henry Roberts Half-back Wellington
Jack Taiaroa Half-back Otago
James Allan Forward Otago
George Carter Forward Auckland
John Lecky Forward Auckland
Edward Millton Forward Canterbury
William Millton Forward Canterbury
Timothy O'Connor Forward Auckland
James O’Donnell Forward Otago
George Robertson Forward Otago
Hart Udy Forward Wellington
Peter Webb Forward Wellington
Robert Wilson Forward Canterbury

Match summary[edit]

Complete list of matches played by New Zealand in New South Wales:[2]

New South Wales (here pictured in 1883) played New Zealand three times
# Date Rival City Venue Score
1 28 May Cumberland County Sydney Parramatta Ground 33–0
2 31 May NSW Waratahs Sydney Agricultural Society Ground 11–0
3 3 Jun Combined Suburbs Sydney Cricket Ground 23–5
4 5 Jun Northern Districts Newcastle 29–0
5 7 Jun NSW Waratahs Sydney Agricultural Society Ground 21–2
6 11 Jun Western Districts Bathurst 11–0
7 12 Jun Wallaroo & University NSW Sydney Cricket Ground 23–10
8 14 Jun NSW Waratahs Sydney Agricultural Society Ground 16–0
Pl W D L Ps Pc
8 8 0 0 167 17