Rugby's Greatest Matches - Barbarians vs New Zealand - 1973

Rugby's Greatest Matches - Barbarians vs New Zealand - 1973

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As part of a new mini 'throwback' series we are highlighting some of the greatest rugby matches to have ever been played. If you would like to suggest any matches (international, club, local) or join the conversation then get in touch with us at via Email or on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter - use #RugbysGreatestMatches

First up in the series we are throwing it back to 1973, and to the game with THAT try! Cardiff Arms Park was the scene, as the Barbarians hosted New Zealand in front of 50,000 spectators. 

As has become customary for the famous Barbarian FC teams, the game was played with the traditional exciting flair, courage and fearless attitude to entertain of the Barbarians. Within the opening minutes famous Welsh scrum-half Sir Gareth Edwards went over for a try that has since been etched into rugby folklore as the greatest try ever scored. It begun with Phil Bennett picking up the ball on his own 5 metre line, jinking past several All Blacks players before offloading to John Williams; further superb offloading between forwards and backs ended with Gareth Edwards receiving the ball on the All Blacks 22 and running in the famous score down the touchline.

It was to set the standard for a thrilling game of rugby that included six tries in total and was played in a superb spirit, which we now commonly know as the 'Barbarians Spirit'. The result was a famous 23-11 win for the Barbarians.


Full match coverage, courtesy of The Rugby Channel on youtube - copyright not owned.