April 19 - 1919 NZ Army beat France 20 -3

After winning the King’s Cup tournament final on Wednesday 16 April the New Zealand team was back in action at Twickenham on Saturday 19 April, this time against the French Army. Despite conceding the opening try the New Zealanders took control in the second half for a decisive 20 – 3 victory.

NZ Army captain James Ryan receiving the Cup from King George V

“LONDON, April 23.

Playing at Twickenham, the New Zealand Rugby football team defeated France by 20 points to 3.

Fifteen thousand spectators attended the match. Sir Douglas Haig was accompanied by the King, who shook hands with the players. Play was even in the first half. The Frenchmen opened, scoring with a try. Singe shortly afterwards equalised matters, Stohr’s kick at goal failing. In the second half the New Zealanders quickly assumed and maintained the upper hand. Hazell, West, Kissick, Brown, and Ford scored tries, Ryan converting the last. The New Zealanders were in superb condition, and their sounder knowledge of the game gave them a distinct advantage. Before the match, the King congratulated the New Zealanders on winning the inter-services tournament, and handed the cup to Ryan, the captain of the team. A New Zealand team also beat Cardiff by 21 points to 3.—(A. and N.Z. Cable.)”