May 19 1966

Northern Maori win close Prince of Wales Cup match.

The 1966 Prince of Wales Cup match was played on May 19 on the Tauranga Domain with Northern Maori winning 22 – 20. Northern scored four tries to two but two dropped goals to Southern fullback Garry Waterreus kept the score close.

 Most of the leading Maori players took part, including present or future All Blacks Ken and Sid Going, Ron Rangi, Mack Herewini, Waka Nathan and John Collins.


All Black Ron Rangi - try scorer.


The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII and the Duke of Windsor) presented the trophy in 1928 for competition among Maori teams. A contest was devised in which New Zealand was divided into four districts, the composition of which varied from time to time. They were designated Tai Tokerau, Tai Rawhiti, Tai Hauauru and Te Waipounamu. A Maori competition already existed in 1928, for the Te Mori Rosebowl, which had been presented by Mrs M.A. Perry of Hawke’s Bay in 1923 for matches between North and South. From 1928, the winner of the Prince of Wales Cup also received the rosebowl. The Jack Ruru Memorial Cup was added to the Maori trophies in 1935 in memory of Ruru, of Hawke’s Bay and Wellington, who died in 1934 after being injured in the Prince of Wales Cup match. The four-district scheme was replaced in 1963 by a Northern – Southern contest, the Northern chosen from Northland, Auckland, Counties, Waikato, Thames Valley and Bay of Plenty. Another change
was made in 1995 with the introduction of a third zone, Central, and the Prince of Wales Cup was replaced by the George Nepia Memorial Trophy, which had been designed for the inter-zonal series of 1987—89. That lasted two seasons and in 1997 the regions were replaced by trial teams known as Team Ikaroa and Team Mangaroa. Ikaroa is Maori for the milky way, said to reflect players who stand out as a group; Mangaroa translates into English as the universe, therefore reflecting players from all levels of the game. The trials series also lasted two seasons.”

From ”The Encyclopedia of New Zealand Rugby” by Ron Palenski, Rod Chester and Neville McMillan. Published 2005 by Hachette Livre NZ Ltd. P.314.

Scorers May 19 1966:

Northern 22. J T Porima, D J Aratema, R E Rangi and Eru Beattie tries. M A Herewini drop goal, pen., and 2 conversions.

Southern 20. B A Cressy and P J A Myers tries. G J Waterreus 2 drop goals, 2 pen., conversion.

Following the Prince of Wales Cup game New Zealand Maori played Bay of Plenty in Rotorua, losing 5 – 13. Later in the season a NZ Maori XV beat Counties 24 – 11, then, three days later New Zealand Maori lost 14 – 16 to the 1966 British Isles team in a thrilling match that could have gone either way.


The teams.