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To-morrow the All Blacks will play their first Rugby match in England, wearing the All Black uniform that is held in such esteem. Justly, New Zealand may be proud of its Rugby colours and the "honoured place they occupy-in the world of football, but the colours of some of the countries against whom the All Blacks must play have been through very many hard-fought battles, and have come triumphant f'T>n> m.Miy fields. On their tour the All Blacks will play matches in England, Ireland and Wales, and probably France. In Australia they have already played four j matches. They will not have to play either Scotland or South Afrie;i, but it is impossible to deal with in- | ternational Rugby uniforms Avithoiir j treating of all the seven countries j possessing them. j The All Blacks get their name from '■ the uniform they wear, for it is in j truth all Black. The only touch of ■ "colour in the sombre uniform of New • Zealand's team is lent by the Silver Fern, which is worn on the breast of , each member of the team. This uui- j form, when placed alongside the gaynr j habiliments of other teams, certainly ; looks dull, but it is extermely neat, ' and stands much more wear and tear than do other football uniforms. England clothes its team in a plain white jersey, with a turned-doAvn collar and buttoned-up neck. The only ! touch of colour "is lent by the red rose ; | which has alwavs been worn bv Eng- ! lish international teains. English teams in their white uniforms always lookparticularly netit on a dry field, but in the mud quickly become sorry spectacles. Wales has a scarlet jersey with tho ,

Prince of Wales' feathers on the

1 breast. The feathers have been alter'•ed from time to time, and the present pattern is not identical with that tised I nowadays as the Badge of H.R.H. Prince Edward of Wales, wliich consists of almost upright in three fe.iI thers set a. crown, with the words Ich I Dien (I serve) displayed on either j side of the middle feather, f Ireland's jersey is, of course, green, / with four shamrocks displayed on a f white background, inside a. shield, on. ! the breast. Earlier Irish intern;i----i tional teams wore the shamrocks without the shield. Ireland is also t'he j only team that puts the year on the ■ international badge. Scotland's team wear dark blue jerseys with, a white thistle on. the j breast. The thistle dates from the j time of her first match against Eng* j land.

South Africa wears a dark green jersey, with a Springbok deer in yellow on a black shield, with yellowedging, on the breast. From this badge the team 'has gained the nickname of "Springboks." It is of interest to note that when this team plays against Ireland, although, the colours of the jerseys are quite different, one sido must play in white.

France puts her team in fhe field in dark blue jerseys. The badge of the team has been changed from time to time. Her first teams wore two red and blue circles, interlocked, then a cock standing on the circles, without any background, was added. Now, however, a white shield is worn as a background, with a rod, white an-I blue border. The team wear while shorts and red socks. When Frnii-.'i' plays Scotland, in Scotland, the Scots play in white so as to eliminate any confusion as to the colours. When playing in white the Scots' thistle badge is worn worked in dark blue.

Australia is the third country to clothe her intcnatironal Rugby team in blue, though in this case the jerseys are quite distinctive, being sky-bhu>. On the breast is worn a yellow Waritah bloom.

All the British Rugby teams, with the single exception of the All Blacks, wear white turn-down collars, and in this particular New Zealand has a point distinctly in its favour. France also wears a turn-down collar, but its colour is the same as that of the. jersey. The famous 190." Ml Blacks wore silk on the shoulders of their jerseys, as also will the present team, and n lar-e-up collar. The lace-up collar proved a surprise for their opponents for it offered no hold for that demon of the football field, who by gripping the collar of the Jersey, either jerked the speeding player from his feet, 'halfstrangled, or tore the jersey to pieces. The Englishmen and others had perforce to use other tactics after their first failure or so.

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BEYOND THE SEAS., Northern Advocate, 12 September 1924

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BEYOND THE SEAS. Northern Advocate, 12 September 1924

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