February 8 - 1919 NZ Army beat United Services at Torquay

In their 3rd match the NZ Army team had their second win, 9 – 0 over United Services at Torquay before a crowd boosted by New Zealand servicemen from the surrounding area. Whilst not as clearcut as their 22 – 3 defeat of Monmouthshire a week before the three tries to none was nevertheless a satisfactory result.


(Received 2.30 p.m.) LONDON, February 9- At Rugby football to-day the New Zealanders defeated the United Services at Torquay by 9 points to nil. The spectators included hundreds of New Zealanders from neighbouring camps. — (A. and N.Z. Cable.)”


There were eleven past or future All Blacks in the New Zealand team and two of them, Percy Storey and “Moke” Belliss, scored tries.

The four non All Blacks were:

P Tureia, a five eight from Poverty Bay who represented that union 1920 to 1927 and captained NZ Maori against the Springboks in 1921. A Poverty Bay selector 1931-32 he served with the 28th Maori Battalion in World War II and was killed in action in Libya in 1941.

The other three were forwards: Roy Sellars, who had represented Auckland in 1913 and NZ Maori in 1912-13, Jack Kissick, Taranaki 1911-15,21-22,24 and R W Bilkey, a try scorer in this match, who was an Auckland representative 1912-14 and appeared for NZ Universities in 1913.

Percy Story - try scorer