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A Rugby Card featuring Kieran Crowley of Taranaki. The card features a colour photograph of Crowley getting ready to catch the ball. The card is a light yellow colour with a thin white border and two sides of the photograph are flanked by amber and black stripes. " OFFICIAL 1991 N Z R F U 1st Edition / RUGBY CARDS " is written at the top of the card along the the Regina brand and the emblem of the Taranaki Rugby Football Union. A silver fern design is pictured above the " N Z R F U " and there is a small pink triangle on the right facing top corner of the card. " KIERAN CROWLEY - TARANAKI / THE INAUGURAL COLLECTOR'S CARDS " is written below the photograph. The reverse of the card features an identical design at the top and again has amber and black stripes down two sides. " KIERAN CROWLEY / ( Kaponga) Captain / Fullback / Born: August 31, 1961 / Points in 1990: 128 (30 penalty / goals, 16 conversions, 2 dropped / goals) / Back on the national scene again, / Crowley's value to Taranaki was enor/mous. In tests for the All Blacks dur-/ing 1990 he wasn't called on to kick / goals, but he showed against North / Auckland / in the last provincial game / of 1990 that Grant Fox isn't the only / deadeye kicker in our rugby. Crowley set a new national record of eight pen-/alty goals in the match. / No. 141-217 / THE INAUGURAL COLLECTOR'S CARDS " is written on the reverse.
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This card was part of a large collection made by New Plymouth boy Andrew Moffat in 1991. Andrew was in Third Form at New Plymouth Boys' High School and playing prop in the school's D1 Black rugby team. He remembers lots of his mates were very keen on collecting these cards. They were purchased in packets, along with chewing gum which was seldom eaten, and they were quite cheap to buy. Andrew spent many hours sorting and organising the cards which he also used to swap with his mates. It even got to the point where they could quote biography details from the back of the cards of relatively obscure provincial players who they could never remember seeing play. While Andrew collected hundreds of cards, the manufacturer included a large number of duplicates and he never managed to collect the whole set. Unsurprisingly, the cards of the Taranaki players were his favourites. Kieran Crowley is one of Taranaki's favourite rugby sons. He played for the provincial side from 1980-1994 and racked up 200 games, becoming the province's leading points scorer in the process. The dependable fullback was first selected for the All Blacks in 1983 and played 35 matches for them until his final game in 1991. His involvement in rugby continued off the field. He was made a life member of the Taranaki Rugby Football Union in 1993 and was coach of Taranaki from 1998 to 2007. From 2002 to 2003 he also was an All Black selector. In 2007, he coached the New Zealand Under 19s to victory at the World Championships in Ireland. In March 2008, Rugby Canada announced that Crowley had been appointed head coach of the Canadian national team.
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