Wales v New Zealand – 1953

Wales since 1945

thrilling victory

On 19 December 1953, the Welsh international rugby team would achieve an accomplishment yet unmatched by any Welsh international teams since. Defeating the mighty All Blacks. But not only was the victory to become a fabled moment in Welsh sports history, it also reflected much of the prosperity in Wales at the time.

Following the conclusion of the Second World War, for the majority of the country, the period leading up to the match could be categorised as a time of, overcoming obstacles and hope.[1] These two things could certainly be found in the Welsh performance that day.

The Match

In defeating the touring New Zealand side, the Welsh players etched their names into the history books. Most notable were Bleddyn Williams, captain and leader, Clem Thomas, masterfully skilful and could drastically impact a game. Not to mention Cliff Morgan, a maverick fly half whose inventiveness…

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