April 14 1991

Canterbury belted by Queensland.

In 1991 Canterbury played home and away matches against Queensland. The first, in Christchurch on March 31 was won 20 – 16. The second, in Brisbane a fortnight later with a near full strength side, ended in a heavy defeat, 24 – 48.

Graeme Bachop - try scorer.

New Zealand provincial unions did not play overseas until March 1973 when Auckland crossed the Tasman to play Sydney for the Trans-Tasman Cup. Later that year North Auckland played two matches in Queensland for a win and a draw. The two major Australian unions New South Wales and Queensland on the other hand had toured New Zealand a number of times, most recently in 1970.

In the following years more visits to Australia followed, usually tours of two to four matches. Some unions went further abroad, Taranaki in 1979 to Wales and France, plus a game in Japan on the way home. In the 1980s regional competitions developed between the Australian and New Zealand unions, then some national unions played a limited role, two Argentinian provinces were briefly involved and later some South African provincial unions. The 1987 World Cup gave a fillip to such competitions.

Those competitions were:

South Pacific Championship 1986 – 1990.

CANZ Series 1989 – 1990, 1992.

Super Six series 1992.

Super 10 series 1993 – 1995.

ANZA tournament 1995.

The professionalization of rugby and the start of the Super 12 in 1996 regularised the development of these regional competitions.

The 1991 matches between Canterbury and Queensland were not part of any of the above competitions but were a step in their development. The following year both unions were part of the Super Six series, with Queensland the winners. Queensland also won the 1994 and 1995 Super 10 series.

April 14 1991

Canterbury v Queensland. Lost 24 – 48. Wright, Vincent, G Bachop tries. Coffey, 3 con., pen., dropped goal.