Black and Amber heroes reunited
6:02am Thursday 31st October 2013 in Sport
NEWPORT RFC’S greatest day was celebrated at Rodney Parade last night.
The Black and Ambers toasted the 50th anniversary of their famous 3-0 win against the mighty All Blacks.
John ‘Dick’ Uzzell’s drop goal ensured that the only defeat that Wilson Whineray’s celebrated All Blacks suffered on their 36-match tour in 1963/64 occurred in Newport. The surviving members of the team were last night awarded the freedom of the city at a special dinner overlooking the turf where they became heroes.
A plaque celebrating the achievement was unveiled in the Bisley Suite along with a new trophy cabinet containing a host of Black and Ambers memorabilia.
Newport’s captain Brian Price gave a speech as did Ian MacRae, president of the New Zealand Rugby Union and a member of the All Blacks midfield at Rodney Parade.
“Fifty years on there is still enormous pride in the effect that Newport RFC had on the community,” said Newport chairman Will Godfrey.
“The admiration for what these men did for Newport has lasted through the years and is still as strong as ever.
“I don’t think that the players realise the admiration that the supporters and people of Newport feel for them after that remarkable achievement in 1963.”