All Black and Amber - 1963 and a Game of Rugby
Steve Lewis Other books by Steve Lewis
On 30 Ocober 1963 Newport RFC recorded a historic victory over the Fifth New Zealand All Blacks. It was the only defeat syffered on their 36-match tour. Fifty years on it should be recognised as the finest performance by any team against the mighty All Blacks outside the international arena. But it isn't - until now. The story of how Newport RFC acchieved its greatest triumph and why the result should stand above all others is fully explained in a book that also considers the major events that made 1963 one of the most significant years of the post-war era.
Category: Sport History
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"Nostalgia is a powerful thing. It provokes strong emotions and makes people forget the stark realities of everyday life. Today, rugby is a professional sport and there's no time for sentimentality or looking backwards. That's why stories like this are worth taking time to read. We need to remember that rugby is about a lot more than money, sparkly hats and fireworks. At its heart, rugby is about communities and people coming together to witness great sporting moments; brief occasions where we can put the trials of everyday life to one side and gaze in wonder at this beautiful, brutal game." - Dan Allsobrook, Gwladrugby
"Steve Lewis has produced a fulsome recollection of this famous victory. The match has taken a deserved place in the annals of the town and the author has provided an account both detailed and enjoyable." - Barri Hurford, Secretary, Welsh Rugby Writers
"Lewis does an outstanding job in bringing the day and the era of the time to life with references to the music and mood of that seminal year which saw US president John F Kennedy assassinated in Dallas just weeks later. The author is also very good at unearthing great anecdotes such as the story behind John 'Dick' Uzzell's nickname, the centre dropping the famous early drop goal which eventually saw Newport join Swansea and Cardiff as the third Welsh club side to beat New Zealand. This would make a great present for any rugby fan, but is essential reading for all Newport supporters. " - Iwan Gabe Davies, South Wales Argus