November 29 down the years
New Zealand break their Welsh duck
George Nepia was in action for New Zealand on this day in 1924
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New Zealand beat Wales for the first time, avenging their defeat on the 1905 tour with a convincing 19-0 win in front of 50,000 at Swansea. Nicknamed 'The Invincibles', they wove a path through the northern hemisphere, winning all 32 tour matches including four Tests - against Wales, Ireland, England and France. George Nepia was their long-kicking fullback and brothers Cyril and Maurice Brownlie also made an impact. Maurice was on the scoresheet at St. Helen's, as were prop Bull Irvine and wing Snowy Svenson. The tour captain was Cliff Porter, but injury ruled him out of all but 17 games and all of the Tests bar one. Jock Richardson led the side in Wales.
In only his third match as head coach, Clive Woodward saw his team ship a then record number of points in a Twickenham Test as South Africa beat England 29-11. Centre Nick Greenstock scored England's sole try and they were overrun by a Springbok side who gave a debut to Bob Skinstad off the bench. Lock Mark Andrews, prop Adrian Garvey, centre Andre Snyman and scrum-half Werner Swanepoel all crossed the England line to send the 75,000 fans at Twickenham home disappointed.
The retirement on medical grounds was announced of the veteran Scotland centre and Sale captain Ken Fyfe. He played ten times for Scotland between the Wars and was a member of the side that won the Triple Crown in 1933.
The All Blacks' proposed tour of Ireland was cancelled owing to the foot-and-mouth epidemic on the British mainland. The tour itinerary was rearranged to include a match against the Barbarians at Twickenham in mid-December.
In a war-time Varsity match at Cambridge the home University beat Oxford 9-6.
The Varsity match was staged on a Saturday as the Home Office was anxious to cut down mid-week sport during an industrial crisis. Cambridge won 6-0 through two penalty goals kicked by Hugh Lloyd-Davies.