April 16 1919

      New Zealand win King’s Cup.

 

New Zealand’s win in this Services tournament, possibly the first international rugby tournament, may have been a surprise to some but was a further demonstration, at a time when northern and southern hemisphere teams did not often meet, that New Zealand rugby was of a very high standard.  


"Jockey" Ford, try scorer.

“RUGBY FOOTBALL

NEW ZEALANDERS’ VICTORY.

AUSTRALIA-NEW ZEALAND CABLE ASSOCIATION.) • LONDON. 17th April.

In the Rugby match, played at Twickenham, New Zealand beat England by nine points to three. The New Zealanders’ . superiority surprised everybody. They mastered the Home team in every department. The ball was seldom in the New Zealand half. The forwards played a magnificent game, repeatedly storming the English line.

LONDON, 17th April. The King will attend Twickenham on Saturday to present the cup to the New Zealand Rugby captain after the match between New Zealand and France.”

http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=EP19190422.2.66.2&cl=&srpos=0&e=——-10–1—-0–&st=1

New Zealand results in King’s Cup matches were:

v Royal Air Force                             Won 22 – 3

v Canadian Expeditionary Force Won 11 – 0

v South African Forces                   Won 14 – 5

v Mother Country                             Won 6 – 3

v Australian Imperial Forces          Won 5 – 6

July 16

v Mother Country (final)                Won 9 – 3. W A Ford, A P Singe tries. L B Stohr pen. goal.

 The King’s Cup returned to New Zealand and is competed for annually by the New Zealand Army, Navy and Air Force.


The teams.