1949 Australia rugby union tour of New Zealand

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1949 Australia rugby union tour of New Zealand
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The 1949 Australia rugby union tour of New Zealand was a series of 12 rugby union match played by the "Wallabies" in 1949. The Australians lost only one match, and won the Test series 2-0.

At the same time, a 30-man All Black squad was touring South Africa. On 3 September 1949, New Zealand lost two test matches on the same day - one in South Africa, the other at home to Australia.

"The New Zealand Rugby Union ... decided that the 1949 matches against Australia would have full test status, even though the country's top 30 players were in South Africa. One of the reasons for the decision was to not deprive test caps to three of the All Blacks, Johnny Smith, Ben Couch and Vince Bevan who were not considered for the South African tour because they were Maori. All three would surely have otherwise gone to South Africa."[1]


Scores and results list Australia's points tally first.

Opposing Team For Against Date Venue Status
King Country 24 6 17 August 1949 Taumarunui Tour match
Bay of Plenty 35 8 21 August 1949 Whakatane Tour match
Poverty Bay & East Coast 20 12 24 August 1949 Gisborne Tour match
Waiparapa Bush 21 14 27 August 1949 Masterton Tour match
Manawatu-Horowenua 29 6 31 August 1949 Palmerston North Tour match
New Zealand 11 6 3 September 1949 Athletic Park, Wellington Test match
Combined XV 14 8 7 September 1949 Blenheim Tour match
West CoastBuller 15 17 10 September 1949 Greymouth Tour match
N.Otago-S.Canterbury-Ashburton 9 0 14 September 1949 Oamaru Tour match
Southland 15 10 17 September 1949 Invercargill Tour match
Canterbury 16 12 21 September 1949 Christchurch Tour match
New Zealand 16 9 24 September 1949 Eden Park, Auckland Test match


  • Vivian Jenkins, ed. (1979). Rothmans Rugby Yearbook 1979–80. Rothmans Publications Ltd. ISBN 0-354-09087-9.

All found on link


  1. ^ Palenski, Ron (2003). Century in Black: 100 years of All Black test rugby. Auckland, N.Z.: Hodder Moa Beckett. p. 184. ISBN 1-86958-937-8.
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