Tuesday Jun 7, 2016

5 Classic Moments from New Zealand vs Wales Clashes

Wales have arrived in New Zealand in anticipation of their three-Test summer tour so we thought it was high time we had a nostalgic look-back through some of the great moments between the two sides. Featuring big tackles, great tries and plenty of controversy.

Only our septuagenarian Welsh friends will remember the last time Wales beat New Zealand back in 1953, although there have been some occasions during the last 63 years where the Red Dragons have fought the All Blacks all the way; usually in Cardiff as Wales have never scored more than 12 points in a Test in New Zealand.

However, in Sydney, it’s a different story. Who can forget when the Wales ‘B Team’ gave New Zealand the fright of their lives?

NEW ZEALAND 53 – 37 WALES – 2003 RWC

In the 2003 World Cup, no-one gave Steven Hansen’s Wales a chance against the ABs, not even Steve himself. He sent out the boys who hadn’t had much playing time yet, including “third-choice scrum-half” Shane Williams on the wing. The rest, as they say, is almost history.


It’s no surprise that there have been some pretty big hits down the years in games between the two sides. But surely there was none bigger than Jerry Collins’ marmalisation of Colin Charvis? Even by today’s standards, it’s a wince-inducing clip. We miss you, Jerry.

WALES 25 – 26 NEW ZEALAND – 2004

The closest the boys in red have come to claiming a Kiwi scalp was in 2004. Mike Ruddock was laying the groundwork for the upcoming Grand Slam, and two weeks after they had run South Africa close in losing 36-38, hopes of a rare victory were high.

In the last minute, Wales had a line-out in the Kiwi half, but couldn’t retain possession, and the chance was gone.

THAT HAKA – 2008

No discussion about the best moments between the two sides is complete without that Haka response. In 2008, there had been a lot of talk about a possible riposte to the Kiki war dance, with rumours of a Welsh version being practised behind closed doors, but instead what happened was simple, pure sporting theatre.

WALES 12 – 13 NEW ZEALAND – 1978

And finally, 1978 – a sore moment for any Welsh fan and something that should always be used as inspiration in the dressing room before kick-off.

A large part of rugby is seeing how much you can get away with. But what happened on the 11th November that year has had Welsh fans seething ever since.

It was 12-10 to Wales with six minutes to go, before All Blacks second-rower Andy Hayden made Greg Louganis look like Peter Kaye in a John Smith’s advert.

2016 TOUR FIXTURES (all games at 8.35am GMT unless specified otherwise)

11th June – New Zealand vs Wales
14th June – Chiefs vs Wales  (Midweek match, 7.35am GMT)
18th June – New Zealand vs Wales
25th June – New Zealand vs Wales


Related Articles

  • 88 WEEKS AGO

    scottish prop saves fire victim

  • 92 WEEKS AGO

    New Rugby X tournament insane

  • 120 WEEKS AGO

    Vunipola stands by his comments supporting...


Great Tries


    No other player has mastered intercepts like Bryan Habana could


    WATCH: French flair lights up Brisbane with EPIC coast-to-coast try


    Watch how Marcus Smith lit up Twickenham on England debut vs USA


    Extended highlights show why Josh Adams could be a Lions Test starter


    Aphelele Fassi: The debut Springbok that could change Warren Gatland's Lions selection

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 20 HOURS AGO

    Outspoken de Villiers gives his unique verdict on laws in Kolbe card debate

  • 22 HOURS AGO

    This collection of brutal bump offs will remind you why you stopped playing rugby

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Kyle Sinckler biting citing dismissed due to lack of clear evidence

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    The Kyle Sinckler bite that will put him on the next plane home

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Kolbe's clumsy head-on-head with Tom Curry which angered fans

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Rugby Australia condemn Erasmus public 'attack', back their referee

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    RWC winning coach launches unbelievable one hour rant at officials

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    New Rassie video targets foul play, confirming fake twitter account was his

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Critics hit out at Rassie Erasmus for fake twitter and 'comical' behaviour


    Awesome Daly kicking montage shows just how deadly his left boot really is

View All


  • 4 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Five minutes of rugby comedy gold in one hilarious video


    Unimpressed Vunipola loses patience with Cheslin Kolbe in Cape Town


    New compilation of rare Nigel Owens footage is comedy gold


    The moment Ellis Genge soaks Ugo Monye live on TV is simply priceless


    WATCH: Inside the Quins changing rooms after winning AWESOME Prem final

View All


  • 39 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 76 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 77 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 77 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 77 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features


    A deeper look at Jason Robinson's incredible path to the top

  • 23 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 29 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 30 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 36 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

View All