From the first match between Wales and New Zealand in 1905, a mutual bond of rivalry and respect has developed between these two rugby-loving countries. This book documents all the matches played, but unlike other histories it shifts the focus to the delights and curiosities of off-field actions, obligations and functions, drawing our attention to this often-overlooked aspect of a tour. From forgotten facts unearthed in dusty old newspapers to the fresh anecdotes and recollections of modern-day greats - both All Black and Welsh - Roger Penn provides us with an unorthodox and stimulating look at these great rugby encounters. With foreword by Welsh rugby legend J P R Williams.
“A history that has, at last, been recorded correctly and sympathetically.” - Brian Price
“An absorbing read of the pride and passion of two rugby countries: a classic book.” - Roy Bergiers
“Presents and celebrates a very special rugby relationship that combines drama, passion, intensity and hwyl. It is one I recognise well.” - JPR Williams
“Penn’s well-written and wonderfully illustrated book is brimming with some great anecdotes, intriguing sketches and revealing interviews from those at the centre of epic contests with the All Blacks.” - Iwan Gabe Davies, South Wales Argus
Roger G. K. Penn was born in Whitland in west Wales, and played for both Whitland and Chepstow rugby clubs before going on to become a Rugby Union listed referee for 12 years. He is the author of 'Dolycwrt - the Days of a Country Doctor's Surgery' and 'Beyond the Call of Duty'.
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