December 24 1888
“Natives” have first win in Wales
“THE MAORI FOOTBALLERS.
London, December 24,
In the match against Swansea, the Maori football team won by a goal and two tries to nothing.”
“MATCH No. 34.—versus SWANSEA, AT SWANSEA, DECEMBER 24.
Getting accustomed to the four three-quarter-back play, we secured rather an easy victory here.
Score: Natives—1 goal, 2 tries.
From Swansea the team travelled to Newport, and took quarters at the King’s Head Hotel.”
From “RUGBY FOOTBALL AND THE TOUR OF THE NATIVE TEAM”, compiled by T Eyton. Published 1896.P. 44.
“On Christmas Eve the team gained their first Welsh win with a convincing performance against Swansea in which McCausland, Elliot and Keogh scored tries.”
From “Forerunners of the All Blacks” by Greg Ryan. Published 1993 by Canterbury University Press. P.78.