1913 New Zealand rugby union tour of North America

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1913 New Zealand rugby union tour of North America
1913 All Blacks team that toured California.jpg
The New Zealand team wearing blazers and hats, before their departure to North America
Manager G.H. Mason [1]
Tour captain(s) Alex McDonald
Top point scorer(s) James Graham (66)
Top try scorer(s) Tom Lynch (17)
Summary
P W D L
Total
16 16 00 00
Test match
01 01 00 00
Opponent
P W D L
 United States
1 1 0 0
Tour chronology
Previous tour 1910 Australia
Next tour 1914 Australia

The 1913 New Zealand tour rugby of North America was the second tour by the New Zealand national rugby union outside Australasia. Sixteen matches were played (all won) along with a Test match against United States sides.

The tour had a relevance for American rugby because it came at a time when the local code, American football, was widely critiziced prompted by worries over violent play, serious injuries and evidence of sharp practice by college coaches. That dispute, originated in 1906, had led some colleges (such as Stanford and California, Berkeley Universities) to switch from football to rugby. The All Blacks (which had toured in North America for the first time in 1905) had already made their contribution to the spread of the sport in the west coast.

New Zealand took the tour seriously, with a squad led by veteran player Alex McDonald that won all their matches in North America with large victories, conceding only 6 points in 16 games. The only test was played against the United States, which included players from Stanford and Berkeley.

The impact of such hard defeats induced a depression by the result, widely covered by the media which emphasized the big difference because Californian players and the New Zealand side.

As a result, the University of California returned to football in 1915, although Stanford would remain in rugby, generating an extraordinary performance of the national team in the 1920 and 1924 Olympic Games, winning the Gold medal in both occasions.[2]

Squad[edit]

Name Position Province Tour matches Tour points
John Cuthill Full-back Otago 14 31
George "Geo" Loveridge Three-quarters Taranaki 8 20
Tom Lynch Wing South Canterbury 11 50
Alwin "Dougie" McGregor Wing Auckland 10 45
Richard "Dick" Roberts Centre Taranaki 12 60
Leonard "Jack" Stohr Three-quarter Taranaki 9 59
George "Doddy" Gray Five-eighth Canterbury 11 9
Richard "Jock" McKenzie Five-eighth Wellington 12 39
Frank Mitchinson Five-eighths Wellington 12 44
Edward "Teddy" Roberts Half-back Wellington 5 18
Henry Taylor Half-back Canterbury 10 15
Henry Atkinson Lock West Coast 8 3
John Bruce Loose forward Auckland 2 3
Mick Cain Hooker Taranaki 14 11
Henry "Norkey" Dewar Forward Taranaki 14 3
James Douglas Loose forward Otago 8 21
Albert Downing Lock Auckland 14 18
James Graham Loose forward Otago 11 66
Alex McDonald (captain) Loose forward Otago 13 35
Harold "Toby" Murray Wing-forward Canterbury 12 33
George Sellars Hooker Auckland 14 6
Peter Williams Hooker Otago 8 3
James "Jim" Wylie Loose forward Auckland 11 18

Matches[edit]

Complete list of matches played by the All Blacks in North America:[3][1]

The University of Stanford team that played the All Blacks
USA v All Blacks test
Opposing Team For Against Date Venue Status
Olympic Club 19 0 4 October 1913 St Ignatius Field, San Francisco Tour match
University of California, Berkeley 31 0 8 October 1913 California Field, Berkeley Tour match
Barbarians Club 30 0 11 October 1913 St Ignatius Field, San Francisco Tour match
Stanford University 54 0 15 October 1913 Stanford Park, Palo Alto Tour match
Stanford University 56 0 18 October 1913 Stanford Park, Palo Alto Tour match
University of Santa Clara 42 0 22 October 1913 Golden Gate Stadium, Santa Clara Tour match
University of California, Berkeley 38 3 25 October 1913 California Field, Berkeley Tour match
Univ. of Nevada, Reno 55 0 29 October 1913 University Ground, Reno Tour match
University of California, Berkeley 33 0 3 November 1913 California Field, Berkeley Tour match
St. Mary's College 26 0 5 November 1913 St Ignatius Field, San Francisco Tour match
Univ. of Southern California 40 0 8 November 1913 Boyard Field, Los Angeles Tour match
University of Santa Clara 33 0 12 November 1913 Golden Gate Stadium, Santa Clara Tour match
 United States 51 3 15 November 1913 California Field, Berkeley Test match
Victoria (B.C.) 23 0 19 November 1913 Oak Bay Ground, Victoria Tour match
Victoria (B.C.) 35 0 22 November 1913 Oak Bay Ground, Victoria Tour match
Vancouver 44 0 24 November 1913 Stanley Park, Victoria Tour match

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b New Zealand Teams Overseas, An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand
  2. ^ a b The tour that killed American rugby by Huw Richards on ESPN, 29 Oct 2013
  3. ^ Match centre - In North America on AllBlacks.com