All Blacks lose twice in a day
South Africa's Okey Geffin kicked the Springboks to victory over the depleted All Blacks on this day in 1949 © Getty Images
Separate New Zealand sides lost 11-6 at home to Australia and 9-3 in South Africa. In a column for Scrum.com, Huw Richards wrote, "This double failure was rooted in the New Zealand Rugby Union's guilt at having betrayed their players by bowing to South African apartheid laws, sending a touring team there minus several Maoris." The consolation prize was a home series against Australia, with the Bledisloe Cup at stake. Two tries from winger Ralph Garner helped the Wallabies account for their cross-Tasman rivals in Wellington while the boot of Okey Geffin downed the All Blacks in Durban. The New Zealand Freelance newspaper headlined it as an 'All Black Day in rugby'.
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