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NZEF rugby jersey


This jersey was worn by Stan Young during the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF) rugby team tour of the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Germany, 1945-46.

The 2NZEF team, dubbed the 'Kiwis', played 33 matches on tour, losing only two, and scoring over 600 points. Known for their entertaining brand of rugby, the team included All Black greats such as Bob Scott, Fred Allen and Charlie Saxton.

War-weary New Zealand was able to follow the tour through the radio commentary of sports broadcaster Winston McCarthy, who accompanied the team. McCarthy's iconic commentaries were the first live rugby broadcasts to New Zealand from the United Kingdom.


National Army Museum Te Mata Toa
Accession Number: 1997.222
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