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The Gisborne Photo News



All Blacks All

If the 1964 rugby season in the Gisborne and East Coast districts is remembered for nothing else, it will be remembered for the fact that the districts made four fine contributions to touring New Zealand rugby teams.

It is ten years since local rugby has been represented by more than one player in national sides, when Richard White, Keith Bagley, and Brian Fitzpatrick toured the British Isles with the 1954 All Blacks.

This season has seen four players gain the top honour in New Zealand rugby, the honour to wear a silver fern on a black Jersey. All have one thing in common. a proud percentage of Maori blood in their veins.

Firstly, full-back Haupai Henare and the youthful centre Buff Milner toured Australia with the brilliant under-23 All Blacks....the New Zealand Colts...whose games mostly resulted in cricket scores. More recently, Poverty Bay backs John Collins and Pat Ransley have toured Fiji with the Maori All Blacks.

On the following pages, the "Photo News" camera takes a look at these four talented players, both on and off the field.


John Collins


Pat Ransley


Haupai Henare


Buff Milner