Story: Amateurism and professionalism

1924–25 All Black tour

1924–25 All Black tour

In 1924–25 the All Blacks rugby team toured Britain, Ireland, France and Canada, winning all 32 matches and earning the nickname the 'Invincibles'. The especially satisfying 17–11 win against England is recorded by this cartoon. The players were amateur, but the New Zealand Rugby Football Union earned large sums from international tours. This income was important for the development of the game at the highest level.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: H-542-001
Cartoon by John Henry Gilmour

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Geoff Watson, 'Amateurism and professionalism - Amateurism in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 June 2024)

Story by Geoff Watson, published 5 Sep 2013