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Men of the Silver Fern - Trouble in the Engine Room (1925 - 1956)

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1993

The second episode of this 1992 celebration of New Zealand rugby looks at the period from 1925 - 1956, as depression and war affected the national game. Scrum rules changed — outlawing the wing forward position, pioneered by the Kiwis — and NZ found itself chasing the pack: the no-longer-invincible All Blacks regularly came out losers playing against South Africa. The Springbok was finally felled in a series by the Kiwis in 1956 (played at home in front of huge, manic crowds). All Black Peter Jones famously summed it up the achievement post match: “I’m absolutely buggered”. 

We tried to play it open, we tried to play it decent.
– Kiwis coach Charlie Saxton

Key Cast & Crew

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Peter Coates

Writer, Producer, Director

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Keith Quinn

Interviewer, Producer

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Lloyd Scott

Narrator

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Ces Blazey

Producer

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Ivan Vodanovich

Producer

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Grahame Thorne

Interviewer

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Produced by

Spectrum Communications