Wednesday, November 25, 2009
As is tradition, the All Blacks played the Barbarians on their final match of their end of year tour overseas tour in 1993. The match was played at a packed Cardiff Arms Park, the same ground that hosted the legendary 1973 meeting between the same teams.
The 1993 crop of All Blacks included the likes of Zinzan Brooke, Frank Bunce, Inga Tuigamala, and a young Jeff Wilson, who was a goal kicker at the time and notched up 50 points on tour.
The Barbarians had the Irishman Eric Elwood at flyhalf, along with Lions legends Scott Gibbs and Scott Quinnell. Sporting a full head of hair was Neil Back on the flank. Frenchman Olivier Roumat scrummed down at lock alongside Paddy Johns, while Wallaby Ewan Mckenzie played in the front row.
Wilson, only 20 at the time, made his Test debut for the All Blacks against Scotland on that tour. He got them off to a good start in this match with his accurate goal kicking, which was followed by a rather dodgy looking try from a lineout right on the Baa-Baa's try line.
Powerhouse wing Inga Tuigamala then scored a sensational try as the Kiwis opened it up and he stormed over showing his trademark pace and power. Look out for his run that flattened Gibbs, and then his nice hit later in the match.
Elwood kept the Barbarians in the match with some excellent goal kicking before his crosskick almost resulted in a try for Nigel Walker. Take note of the clearing kick and charge down that followed.
Lock Ian Jones then got on the end on one of the great All Blacks tries after some superb passing between backs and forwards. The All Blacks won the spectacle 25-12 in the end.