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Phil Bennett passes for the Barbarians against the All Blacks in 1973

Phil Bennett passes for the Barbarians against the All Blacks in 1973


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Phil Bennett passes for the Barbarians against the All Blacks in 1973

Rugby Union - 1972 / 1973 New Zealand Tour of Great Britain & France - Barbarians 23 New Zealand 11
Phil Bennett passes the ball out for the Barbarians, with teammates Fergus Slattery, far left, and Tom David, with Bob Wilkinson, right, at Cardiff Arms Park.
The Barbarians defeated the All Blacks for the first time, and the match is rated as one of the greatest ever played.
27/01/1973

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In this iconic print captured by Colorsport's Colin Elsey, we are transported back to the historic clash between the Barbarians and the All Blacks in 1973. The image showcases Phil Bennett, a legendary figure in Rugby Union, as he skillfully passes the ball for his team. Standing alongside him are his teammates Fergus Slattery and Tom David, while Bob Wilkinson provides support on the right. This match holds immense significance in rugby history as it marked the first-ever victory of the Barbarians over their formidable opponents from New Zealand. Widely regarded as one of the greatest games ever played, it is etched into memory for its sheer intensity and breathtaking display of skill. The setting for this momentous encounter was none other than Cardiff Arms Park, where passionate fans gathered to witness this epic battle unfold. As Bennett releases the ball with precision and finesse, you can almost feel the electric atmosphere reverberating through every pixel of this photograph. Colorsport's timeless image immortalizes not only an extraordinary sporting achievement but also captures a pivotal moment that transcends generations. It serves as a reminder of how sport has an unparalleled ability to unite people across borders and ignite unbridled passion within us all

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