New Zealand National Film Unit presents Rugby Football in New Zealand: British Isles Tour (1950)
The first post-war tour of the British Isles Rugby Team went to New Zealand and Australia in 1950. The Lions, sporting newly redesigned jerseys and displaying a fresh style of play, managed to win 22 and draw one of 29 matches over the two nations. The Lions won the opening four fixtures before losing to Otago and Southland, but succeeded in holding the All Blacks to a 9–9 draw. The Lions performed well in the remaining All Black tests though they lost all three, the team did not lose another non-test in the New Zealand leg of the tour.
Note- The title Rugby Football In New Zealand is a catalogue title only and does not appear on this film. This film was compiled from items which first appeared in Weekly Review reels as follows:
ARRIVAL. BRITISH RUGBY TEAM first appeared in Weekly Review No. 446 (1950) 3rd. RUGBY TEST. BRITISH ISLES V NEW ZEALAND first appeared in Weekly Review No. 454 (1950)
RUGBY . BRITISH ISLES V MAORIS first appeared in Weekly Review No. 459 (1950)
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