Author(s): Greg Ryan
For most rugby followers, the 1905 All Black tour of Britain has assumed legendary proportions. The Contest For Rugby Supremacy provides a new and critical perspective on the events and personalities of the tour. It examines key themes in the formative years of New Zealand rugby that both shaped the success of the All Blacks and produced frequent controversy around them: explores significant political and sporting debates during the course of the tour; reassesses the achievements of the team within a British sporting world in which soccer was dominant and rugby union was severely weakened by the rise of rugby league in the north; set the supposed controversy of the loss to Wales in a wider context; and finally considers the significant deterioration in British-Australasian rugby relations in the years immediately after the tour. First published November 2005.