North vs South rugby union match


The North vs South match, sometimes known as the Interisland match was a longstanding rugby union fixture in New Zealand between the North Island and South Island teams.

The first match was played on 30 June 1897 at Wellington's Athletic Park, and the match became an annual fixture from 1902. Matches ceased during World War I from 1915-1918, but during World War II only the 1940, 1941 and 1942 matches were cancelled, with competition resuming in 1943. The last annual match on regular basis was played in 1986.

In 2012, a one-off match at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium in 2012 to help fundraise for the financially troubled Otago Rugby Football Union, which was won by the South 32-24.

A second one-off match was initially scheduled to be held on 29 August 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, it was postponed to 5 September 2020.

Most early matches were played in one of the four main cities (Auckland and Wellington in the North Island, Christchurch and Dunedin in the South Island), but from 1970 onwards the fixture was rotated around a number of provincial centres.

Colours


In the very first match in 1897, the North Island wore yellow and black jerseys while the South Island team wore all black.

Since 1904 the North Island traditionally played in black jerseys and black shorts, while the South Island played in white jerseys with white shorts.

List of results


Overall

Details Played Won by North Island Won by South Island Drawn North Island points South Island points
In North Island 50 31 17 2 940 637
In South Island 31 19 11 1 517 358
Overall 81 50 28 3 1457 995


YearDateVenueWinnerScore
189730 JuneWellingtonNorth16—3
1898-1901Not played
1902WellingtonSouth20—14
1903AucklandSouth12—5
1904Dunedindraw3—3
1905WellingtonNorth26—0
1906WellingtonNorth9—5
1907ChristchurchNorth11—0
1908WellingtonNorth12—5
1909WellingtonSouth19—11
1910ChristchurchSouth14—10
19117 OctoberWellingtonNorth19—9
1912NapierNorth12—8
1913ChristchurchSouth25—0
1914WellingtonSouth8—0
1915-18Not played
1919WellingtonNorth28—11
1920WellingtonNorth12—3
1921ChristchurchNorth28—13
19228 JulyAucklandSouth9—8
1923Wellingtondraw6—6
1924WellingtonNorth39—8
1925InvercargillNorth16—5
1926WellingtonNorth41—9
1927WellingtonSouth31—30
1928ChristchurchSouth15—14
1929WellingtonNorth29—20
1930Not played
1931Wellingtondraw20—20
1932ChristchurchNorth28—10
1933WellingtonNorth27—18
1934DunedinSouth27—10
1935WellingtonNorth15—9
1936ChristchurchNorth17—6
1937WellingtonSouth30—21
1938WellingtonSouth31—23
1939WellingtonSouth25—19
1940-42Not played
1943WellingtonSouth17—16
1944ChristchurchNorth28—3
1945AucklandSouth31—19
1946WellingtonNorth8—3
1947InvercargillNorth13—11
1948WellingtonSouth12—11
1949ChristchurchNorth23—3
1950AucklandNorth10—8
1951WellingtonNorth14—12
1952DunedinSouth11—3
1953WellingtonNorth15—14
1954ChristchrchNorth13—9
1955WellingtonNorth15—9
1956WellingtonSouth13—11
195717 AugustAucklandNorth19—3
19582 AugustDunedinNorth13—6
1959WellingtonNorth30—14
1960ChristchurchSouth26—11
1961WellingtonNorth25—3
1962ChristchurchSouth17—14
1963ChristchurchSouth14—13
1964AucklandNorth12—9
19659 JuneWellingtonNorth25—14
1966HamiltonNorth12—3
1967DunedinNorth17—6
1968ChristchurchNorth34—17
1969WellingtonSouth13—3
197012 SeptemberNelsonNorth11—6
1971New PlymouthNorth31—9
197215 JulyChristchurchNorth19—8[1]
1973WhangareiNorth27—14
1974AucklandNorth22—0
197513 SeptemberChristchurchSouth17—14
197611 SeptemberHamiltonSouth20—16
1977DunedinSouth6—4
1978New PlymouthNorth29—13
197911 AugustInvercargillNorth9—3
19802 AugustPalmerston NorthNorth13—9
1981DunedinNorth10—4
198210 JulyWanganuiSouth22—12
19833 SeptemberBlenheimNorth22—9
1984RotoruaNorth39—3
1985New PlymouthNorth29—12
1986OamaruNorth22-10
1987-94Not played
19958 AprilDunedinNorth63-22
1996-2011Not played
2012 10 June Dunedin South 32-24
2013-2019Not played
2020 5 September Wellington South 38-35
DateWinnerVenueResultTriesGoalsAttendanceReference
30 June 1897North IslandAthletic Park, Wellington163North: W. Hardcastle, A. Humphries, W. Roberts
South: P. Priest
North: A. Humphries (3)N/A[2]
13 September 1969South IslandAthletic Park, Wellington313North: M. O'Callaghan
South: I. Kirkpatrick, P. Gard
South: F. McCormick (3)N/A[3]
10 June 2012South IslandForsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin3224North: R. Robinson (2), S. Stowers
South: K. Baker (2), T. Marshall, M. Todd, A. Whitelock
North: L. Munro (3), R. Robinson
South: K. Baker (3)
7,427[4]
5 September 2020South IslandSky Stadium, Wellington3835North: R. Ioane (2), D. McKenzie, A. Smith, A. Dixon
South: W. Jordan (2), N. Laulala, J. Barrett, T. Lomax
North: D. McKenzie (5)
South: J. Barrett (6)
0[5]

References


  • Lambert, M. and Palenski, R. 4th Air New Zealand Almanac, Moa Alamanac Press 1985. ISBN 0-908570-91-0

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