Wanganui RFU – 1908

Results - 1908

Wed 02 Sep 2:30 pm A Representative Horowhenua-Kapiti Whanganui RFU 11 - 11
Sat 29 Aug 2:30 pm A Representative Hawkes Bay Whanganui RFU 11 - 00
Thu 27 Aug 2:30 pm A Representative Wairarapa Whanganui RFU 16 - 05
Sat 22 Aug 2:30 pm H Representative Wellington Whanganui RFU 13 - 25
Wed 19 Aug 2:30 pm H Representative Southland Whanganui RFU 10 - 06
Sat 15 Aug 2:30 pm A Representative Manawatu Whanganui RFU 09 - 00
Sat 08 Aug 2:30 pm H Representative South Canterbury Whanganui RFU 16 - 08
Sat 25 Jul 2:30 pm H Representative Manawatu Whanganui RFU 09 - 16
Sat 11 Jul 2:30 pm H Representative Anglo-Welsh Whanganui RFU 06 - 09
Sat 04 Jul 2:30 pm A Representative Taranaki Whanganui RFU 10 - 03
Wed 03 Jun 2:30 pm A Representative Wellington Whanganui RFU 13 - 03


Peter Murray  #155

Peter Murray was a hooker in the old 2-3-2 scrum formation who after being chosen as an 18-year old not long out of Wanganui Collegiate represented Wanganui between the 1901 and 1909 seasons.

Among his matches for Wanganui was a Ranfurly Shield challenge against Auckland in 1907 which was lost by only 6-5. He was also in the combined Taranaki-Wanganui side which in 1905 was narrowly beaten by the touring Australian side and in 1908 played for Wanganui against the Anglo-Welsh tourists.

He was quickly recognized at national levels as an energetic player of potential and made the first of two North Island appearances in 1904.

He next appeared for the North Island in 1908 and was given his chance at national level when he was included in the All Blacks for the second test against the Anglo Welsh at Athletic Park.

There was a touch of bravado bordering on arrogance about this selection. For even though there had been a 32-3 win in the first test at Carisbrook the All Black selectors made wholesale changes, expecting an easy win.

But the experimental All Black selection, of which Murray was part, could only draw with the supposedly weak tourists. So for the third test, which was won 29-0, many of the more experienced players were recalled and Murray was among those dropped. He never played for the All Blacks again so has the rare boast of being an All Black who was never in a winning or losing team.

Profile by Lindsay Knight
for the New Zealand Rugby Museum.

FULL NAME Peter Chapman Murray
BORN Wednesday, 23 January 1884 in Southern Grove, New Zealand
DIED Tuesday, 6 February 1968 in Auckland
POSITION Hooker
LAST SCHOOL Wanganui Collegiate
RUGBY CLUB
(First made All Blacks from)
Wanganui COB
PROVINCE Wanganui
ALL BLACK DEBUT Saturday, 27 June 1908
v British & Irish Lions at Wellington
aged 24 years, 156 days
INTERNATIONAL DEBUT Saturday, 27 June 1908
v British & Irish Lions at Wellington
aged 24 years, 156 days
LAST TEST Saturday, 27 June 1908
v British & Irish Lions at Wellington
aged 24 years, 156 days
ALL BLACK TESTS 1
ALL BLACK GAMES 0
TOTAL ALL BLACK MATCHES 1
STARTING POSITIONS Jersey Number 1
ALL BLACK TEST POINTS 0pts
ALL BLACK GAME POINTS 0pts
TOTAL ALL BLACK POINTS 0pts
ALL BLACK NUMBER 155
ALL BLACK GAMES THAT MURRAY PLAYED

(+) = substitute; (-) = replaced

Click on the date below to view the Match Card
1908
27 Jun vs British & Irish Lions at Wellington 3-3
Murray did not score any points for the All Blacks.
TEST RECORD BY NATION
P W D L t c p dg pts
British & Irish Lions 1 1
Totals 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0