1924–25 New Zealand rugby union tour of Britain, Ireland and France

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1924–25 New Zealand rugby union tour of Britain, Ireland and France
Manager S.S. Dean
Tour captain(s) Cliff Porter
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The Invincibles was a nickname given to the 1924–25 New Zealand rugby union team which toured the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Canada. The team was captained by Cliff Porter, and numbered among its top players George Nepia and brothers Cyril and Maurice Brownlie. During the test against England Cyril Brownlie was sent off by the Welsh referee Albert Freethy, the first player to be sent off from a test.

Between September 1924 and February 1925, the team played 32 games including four test matches, one each against Ireland, England, Wales, and France, they won all 32 games, scoring 838 points and only having 116 points scored against them.

Cliff Porter was tour captain, but played only 17 of the 32 games due to injury, including just one test (against France), during the remaining games, tour vice-captain Johnstone Richardson (Jock) took over the captaincy.


Scores and results list New Zealand's points tally first.
Opposing Team For Against Date Venue Status
Devonshire 11 0 13 September 1924 Rectory Ground, Devonport Tour match
Cornwall 29 0 18 September 1924 Recreation Ground, Camborne Tour match
Somersetshire 6 0 20 September 1924 Weston-super-Mare Ground, Weston-super-Mare Tour match
Gloucestershire 6 0 25 September 1924 Kingsholm, Gloucester Tour match
Swansea 39 3 27 September 1924 St Helen's, Swansea Tour match
Newport 13 10 2 October 1924 Athletic Ground, Newport Tour match
Leicester 27 0 4 October 1924 Welford Road, Leicester Tour match
North Midlands 40 3 8 October 1924 Villa Park, Birmingham Tour match
Cheshire 18 5 11 October 1924 Birkenhead Park, Birkenhead Tour match
Durham 43 7 15 October 1924 Roker Park, Sunderland Tour match
Yorkshire 42 4 18 October 1924 Lidget Green, Bradford Tour match
Lancashire 23 0 22 October 1924 Old Trafford, Manchester Tour match
Cumberland 41 0 25 October 1924 Brunton Park, Carlisle Tour match
Ireland 6 0 1 November 1924 Lansdowne Road, Dublin Test match
Ulster 28 6 5 November 1924 Ravenhill, Belfast Tour match
Northumberland 27 4 8 November 1924 Gosforth Tour match
Cambridge University 5 0 12 November 1924 Grange Road, Cambridge Tour match
London Counties 31 6 15 November 1924 Twickenham, London Tour match
Oxford University 33 15 20 November 1924 Iffley Road, Oxford Tour match
Cardiff 16 8 22 November 1924 National Stadium, Cardiff Tour match
Wales 19 0 29 November 1924 St Helen's, Swansea Test match
Llanelli 8 3 2 December 1924 Stradey Park, Llanelli Tour match
East Midlands 31 7 6 December 1924 Cricket Ground, Northampton Tour match
Warwickshire 20 0 11 December 1924 Highfield Road, Coventry Tour match
Combined Services 25 3 13 December 1924 Twickenham, London Tour match
Hampshire 22 0 17 December 1924 Fratton Park, Portsmouth Tour match
London Counties 28 3 27 December 1924 Rectory Field, London Tour match
England 17 11 3 January 1925 Twickenham, London Test match
Selection Francais 37 8 11 January 1925 Stade Olympique, Colombes Tour match
France 30 6 18 January 1925 Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse Test match
Vancouver 49 0 14 February 1925 Cricket Oval, Vancouver Tour match
Victoria (Canada) 68 4 18 February 1925 Victoria Ground, Vancouver Island Tour match

Touring party[edit]






Wing forwards[edit]


The test-matches[edit]


1 November 1924
 Ireland 0–6  New Zealand
Try: Snowy Svenson
Pen: Nicholls
Lansdowne Road
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: AE Freethy Wales (Wales)

Ireland: 15.William Crawford, 14.Henry Stephenson, 13.George Stephenson, 12.James Gardiner, 11.Tom Hewitt, 10.Frank Hewitt, 9.John McDowell, 8.James Clinch, 7.Robert Crichton, 6.Norman Brand, 5.William Collis, 4.Alex Spain, 3.Dick Collopy, 2.Thomas McClelland, 1.Jim McVicker

New Zealand: 15.George Nepia, 14.Snowy Svenson, 13.Frederick Lucas, 12.Bert Cooke, 11.Augustine Hart, 10.Marcus Nicholls, 9.Bill Dalley, 8.Les Cupples, 7.Son White, 6.Jock Richardson (c), 5.Read Masters, 4.Maurice Brownlie, 3.Bull Irvine, 2.Quentin Donald, 1.James Parker


29 November 1924
 Wales 0–19  New Zealand
Try: Irvine (2)
M Brownlie
Con: Nicholls
Pen: Nicholls
St Helens
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Col. JS Brunton England (England)

Wales: Tom Johnson (Cardiff), Ernie Finch (Llanelli), Albert Jenkins (Llanelli), Albert Stock (Newport), Rowe Harding (Swansea), Jack Wetter (Newport) capt., Eddie Williams (Neath), Bobby Delahay (Cardiff), Dai Parker (Swansea), Jack Gore, (Blaina), Charlie Pugh (Maesteg), Steve Morris (Cross Keys), Cliff Williams (Llanelli), Douglas Marsden-Jones (London Welsh), Dai Hiddlestone (Neath)

New Zealand: G Nepia, J Steel, AE Cooke, KS Svenson, NP McGregor, MF Nicholls, J Mill, JH Parker, WR Irvine, Q Donald, RR Masters, LF Cupples, CJ Brownlie, MJ Brownlie, J Richardson (capt.)


3 January 1925
England  11–17  New Zealand
Try: Cove-Smith, Kittermaster
Con: Conway
Pen: Corbett
Try: Steel, Svenson
MJ Brownlie, Parker,
Con: Nicholls
Pen: Nicholls
Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Albert Freethy Wales

England:15.Jim Brough, 14.Richard Hamilton-Wickes, 13.Vivian Davies, 12.Leonard Corbett, 11.John Gibbs, 10.Harold Kittermaster, 9.Arthur Young, 8.Tom Voyce, 7.Geoffrey Conway, 6.Freddie Blakiston, 5.Ron Cove-Smith, 4.Wavell Wakefield (cap.), 3.Ronald Hillard, 2.Sam Tucker, 1.Reg Edwards
New Zealand:15.George Nepia, 14.John Steel, 13.Bert Cooke, 12.Marcus Nicholls, 11.Snowy Svenson, 10.Neil McGregor, 9.Jimmy Mill, 8.Jock Richardson (cap.), 7.Son White, 6.Cyril Brownlie Red card, 5.Read Masters, 4.Maurice Brownlie, 3.Bull Irvine, 2.Quentin Donald, 1.James Parker,


  • Chester, R., Palenski, R., and McMillan, N. (1998) The Encyclopedia of New Zealand Rugby. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett.

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