Black Boots New Zealand Rugby Legends

Black Boots New Zealand's Rugby Legends

By Phil Gifford Photographs by Barry Durrant

Published David Bateman Ltd

Hardcover, 224 pages $49.99

In the good old days of Rugby players trained on the farm and were tested through long tours, with little remuneration to boot.  Rugby Journo Phil Gifford must have had a fair bit of fun putting captions below some of our countries most iconic footy photos by Barry Durrant.  Barry was the Chief Photographer for the Dominion in pre-1995 non-professional rugby era.


Those that love our National Game will undoubtedly get a kick out of learning more our AB greats and the tricks, trials, triumphs and controversies that occurred on their famous and infamous tests and tours.


All Blacks vs London Counties | London, 1972

Bryan Williams, later the president of the New Zealand Rugby Union, and knighted in 2018, was a 21-year-old law student when he scored this try against London Counties at Twickenham in 1972, in a 24-3 All Black victory. He’d travelled to Britain with a carton full of law books, and sat four papers under supervision at Cambridge University for his law degree. His London Counties try came from a cross-field kick by another graduate, Bob Burgess, one of the very few All Blacks with a PhD.

Liam Butler

Liam Butler lives in Stoke, the cool part of Nelson. He has been reviewing books, movies and music for a bit of light relief since his student days.

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