1897 New Zealand rugby union tour of Australia

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1897 New Zealand rugby union tour of Australia
New zealand rugby 1897.jpg
The team that toured to Australia
Manager I. Hyams
Tour captain(s) A. Bayly
Top point scorer(s) Arthur Humphries (42)
Top try scorer(s) George W. Smith (11)
10 09 00 01
Tour chronology
Previous tour 1893 Australia
Next tour 1903 Australia

The 1897 New Zealand tour rugby to Australia was the third tour by the New Zealand national team to Australia. Ten matches were played against regional and district sides.[1]

Touring party[edit]

  • Manager: I. Hyams
  • Captain: A. Bayly
Name Position Province
S.A. Orchard Back Canterbury
L. Allen Back Taranaki
Barney Armit Back Otago
Alfred Bayly Back Taranaki
W. Roberts Back Wellington
G.W. Smith Back Auckland
J. Duncan Back Otago
E. Glennie Back Canterbury
A.L. Humphries Back Taranaki
J.A. Blair Forward Wanganui
F.J. Brooker Forward Canterbury
J.J. Calnan Forward Wellington
R.A. Handcock Forward Auckland
W.R. Hardcastle Forward Wellington
W.A. Harris Forward Otago
William McKenzie Forward Wellington
H.P. Mills Forward Taranaki
T.G. Pauling Forward Wellington
F.S. Murray Forward Auckland
W.J.G. Wells Forward Taranaki
A. Wilson Forward Auckland

Match summary[edit]

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

# Date Rival City Venue Score
1 3 Jul NSW Waratahs Sydney Cricket Ground 13–8
2 6 Jul Western Districts Bathurst 16–15
3 8 Jul Central–Western Districts Orange Showground 27–3
4 10 Jul NSW Waratahs Sydney Cricket Ground 8–22
5 14 Jul Northern NSW Newcastle Sports Ground 16–0
6 17 Jul Queensland Reds Brisbane 16–5
7 21 Jul Queensland Reds Brisbane Union Ground 29–5
8 24 Jul Queensland Reds Brisbane Exhibition Ground 24–6
9 27 Jul New England Armidale Showground 53–5
10 31 Jul NSW Waratahs Sydney Cricket Ground 26–3
Pl W D L Ps Pc
10 9 0 1 228 72


  1. ^ Chasing George Smith by David Colquhoun, 26 Jun 2014
  2. ^ All Blacks in New South Wales and Queensland on All Blacks website