1903 New Zealand rugby union tour of Australia

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1903 New Zealand rugby union tour of Australia
1903 new zealand team.jpg
Official photo of the touring team
Manager A.C. Norris
Tour captain(s) Jimmy Duncan
Top point scorer(s) Billy Wallace (87)
Top try scorer(s) Albert Asher (17)
11 10 00 01
1 1 0 0
Tour chronology
Previous tour 1897 Australia
Next tour 1905 Australia

The 1903 New Zealand tour rugby to Australia was the fourth tour by the New Zealand national team to Australia. Nine matches were played against regional and district sides along with one test match between the two national sides,[1] the first played by New Zealand in their history.[2]

On 11 July, New Zealand played a preliminary match v. the Wellington Rugby Football Union at Athletic Park, won by the local team by 14–5.

Touring party[edit]

Name Position Province
Billy Wallace Back Wellington
Albert Asher Wing Auckland
Duncan McGregor Wing Canterbury
Robert Mcgregor Centre Auckland
John Stalker Centre Otago
John (Billy) Stead Five-eighth Southland
Jimmy Duncan Five-eighth Otago
Morrie Wood Five-eighth Canterbury
Arthur Humphries Half-back Taranaki
Henry Kiernan Half-back Auckland
Loftus Armstrong Wing forward Wairarapa
Reuben Cooke Loose forward Canterbury
Bernard Fanning Lock Canterbury
Dave Gallaher Hooker Auckland
Fred Given Flanker Otago
Andrew Long Forward Auckland
Archie McMinn Loose forward Wairarapa
George Nicholson Loose forward Auckland
Harry Porteous Forward Otago
Jack Spencer Loose forward Wellington
George Tyler Hooker Auckland
Dan Udy Hooker Wairarapa

Match summary[edit]

Complete list of matches played by New Zealand in Australia:[3]

     Test matches

Scene of the New Zealand test v. Australia, 15 August
# Date Rival City Venue Score
1 11 Jul Wellington RU Wellington Athletic Park 5–14
2 18 Jul NSW Waratahs Sydney Cricket Ground 12–0
3 22 Jul Combined Western District Bathurst 47–7
4 25 Jul NSW Waratahs Sydney Cricket Ground 3–0
5 29 Jul Metropolitan Union Sydney University Oval 33–3
6 1 Aug Queensland Reds Brisbane Exhibition Ground 17–0
7 5 Aug Western Queensland Brisbane Exhibition Ground 29–0
8 8 Aug Queensland Reds Brisbane Exhibition Ground 28–0
9 11 Aug Combined Northern Districts West Maitland Albion Cricket Ground 53–0
10 15 Aug  Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 22–3
11 19 Aug NSW Country Sydney Cricket Ground 32–0
Pl W D L Ps Pc
11 10 0 1 281 27

Test matches[edit]

15 August 1903
Australia  3–22  New Zealand
Pen: Wickham
report Try: Asher, RW McGregor, Tyle
Con: Wallace
Pen: Wallace
Goal from mark: Wallace 2
Cricket Ground, Sydney
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: R Waugh (Australia)
Australia New Zealand
John Maund FB FB Billy Wallace
Charlie Redwood W W Albert Asher
Sid Riley C C Robert McGregor
Stan Wickham (capt.) C C Morrie Wood
Charlie White W W Duncan McGregor
Lew Evans FH FH Jimmy Duncan (capt.)
Austin Gralton SH SH Henry Kiernan
Sine Boland N8 F Archie McMinn
Harold Judd F F George Nicholson
Bill Hardcastle F L Andrew Long
Dinny Lutge L L Bernard Fanning
James Joyce L L Reuben Cooke
Frank Nicholson H P Dan Udy
Ted Larkin H H George Tyler
Alec Burdon P WF Dave Gallaher

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "in Australia". allblacks.com. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  2. ^ The All Blacks on NZRugby.com
  3. ^ All Blacks in New South Wales and Queensland on All Blacks website