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South Africa vs Wanganui King Country programme


Souvenir programme for the rugby game between WanganuiKing Country and the South African Springboks played at Whanganui on 8 August 1956.

The tourists won 36–16. The local selection was one of eight combined teams the South Africans faced while in New Zealand. They played 23 matches in all, including four tests.

The 1956 Springbok tour to New Zealand had been eagerly anticipated by Kiwi rugby fans still smarting from the 4-0 drubbing the All Blacks had experienced in the 1949 tour. Hopes were high for revenge in the return series in 1956. Waikato obliged with a 14-10 victory in the opening match of the tour. Canterbury and New Zealand Universities also defeated the tourists but it was the 3-1 series win to the All Blacks that gave local fans the greatest satisfaction.



Ian McGibbon collection

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