Nine players in the Athletic Park match had appeared for the All Blacks against South Africa in the series deciding “flour bomb” test at Eden Park the day before. They were:
Wellington: Allan Hewson, Stu Wilson, Bernie Fraser and Murray Mexted.
Manawatu: Lachie Cameron, Doug Rollerson, Mark Donaldson, Geoff Old and Gary Knight. Knight in fact had suffered a direct hit from a flour bomb.
The player’s appearance for the provincial teams reflects something of the importance and standing of provincial rugby in the amateur era.