December 3 - 1995 'Kiwis' tour commemorated

The NZ Army touring side defeated East Midlands in Bedford on December 3 1995. The Army tour was commemorating the 50th anniversary of the famous tour by the NZEF “Kiwis” in 1945/6.


In October 1995 a New Zealand Army team was selected to tour Britain and Germany, playing six games. The tour commemorated the 50th anniversary of Victory in Europe and the 1945 “Kiwis” tour, with the team using the old-style numbering of fullback wearing No I and a prop No 15. Several members of the 1945-46 Army team accompanied the team.

The touring team was: M. Beckham (Hauraki), J.C. Flanagan (capt), D. Eriksson, W. Taylor, D. Paul, B. Stott (Linton), L. Sims, G.L.W. Kelly, B.A. Kareko,T. Kareko, J. Broughton (Trentham), R. Ewins, H. Morete, J. Cook, D H. Jones, L.T. Renwick, S. Boyer, M. Gates, K. Crossan (Burnham), S. Poching(Auckland), L.E. Wills, P. Raukawa,J.M. Smith (Waiouru), M. Hemi, B. Robinson (Hobsonville).



26 v Public School Wanderers in London Won 41 – 14

29 v Royal Navy in Devonport Won 15 – 6


3 v East Midlands in Bedford Won 25 – 19

5 v Pontypool in Pontypool Won 25 – 16

9 v British Forces in Germany in Rheindahlen Won 58 – 10

13 v British Army in Aldershot Lost 22 – 24

The 12 members of the original “Kiwis” who accompanied the team were F R Allen, K D Arnold, E G Boggs, L A Grant, M S Ingpen, I Proctor, C K Saxton, R W H Scott, J R Sherratt, J G Simpson, N H Thornton and S L Young.