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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

The First International RL Match

1st January 1908             Wales 9  New Zealand All Golds 8              Aberdare

In 1907-08, Albert Henry Baskerville organized a group of New Zealand players for a professional tour to the UK against Northern Union opposition. Dubbed the All Golds they included Australian susperstar Dally Messenger as a guest and played a total of 46 matches including the first RL international against Wales. Although the All Golds led 8 -3 at half time the Welsh came back strongly and Dai Jones scored a try with only minutes to go. They held on for a famous victory although Dick Wynard of the All Golds missed a great opportunity

    
Dally Messenger                                 Albert Baskerville  

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