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Men of the Silver Fern - A Winning Reputation (1870 - 1924)

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1993

The Natives won 80 out of their 108 games, and established New Zealand's reputation in Britain as a great rugby playing nation. But their success only complicated things back home in New Zealand...
– From the narration
As for the siting of the headquarters, Wellington is only three days travel from the most distant union.
– A comment during the (dramatised) debate about forming a national rugby union
Rugby may never have happened in New Zealand if it hadn't been for Charles Monro.
– From the narration
One prominent critic hit the right key when he changed the team name from 'All Blacks' to 'all backs'.
– Billy Stead (played by Stephen Lovatt)
"Why are they beating us? Is it brains or physique?"
– The English ask the eternal question of the colonial upstart All Blacks