September 26 1924

FIFTH MATCH, v. SWANSEA

After beating Gloucestershire 9 – 0 on September 25, the next day the “Invincibles” All Blacks travelled to Newport where they had a civic reception at the Town Hall. Lock forward Read Masters recorded the day in his tour record.

Read Masters.

On Friday, September 26th, we left Gloucester at 2 p.m. and arrived at Newport, South Wales, at 4.30 p.m., where thousands of people had congregated to welcome us. We then proceeded to the Town Hall, where we were accorded a civic reception by the Mayor, Mr. C. F. Williams, who said the people of Newport were delighted that we were making their town our headquarters for the South Wales tour. He said Newport was generally regarded as a town of sport, and promised us a good sporting game. In the absence of Mr. Dean, who was attending a meeting of the English Rugby Union, Mr. S. F. Wilson suitably responded. The following day we left by train for Swansea.

From “With the All Blacks in Great Britain, France, Canada and Australia 1924-25” by Read Masters. Pub. 1928 by Christchurch Press Co. Ltd p.32.