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Formal group portrait of the Taranaki rugby team who played Great Britain in New Plymouth, 25 May 1930. The team is arranged in four rows with the front row seated on a rug on the floor. The rugby players are all wearing uniforms with wide horizontal stripes and there are four men wearing suits. The photograph is mounted on card with the names written underneath.

From left in the back row is Ike, H.W. Brown, K. Fookes, A. Guy and J. Young. Standing in the third row from left is C.Hunt, A. Kivell, C. Wills, W. Baldwin, J. Walters, R. Bond and N. Hunter. Seated in the second row from left is S.E. Nielson (Secretary), R. Clarke, Jas. McLeod (Chairman), J. Goodwin (President), Pat. Ward (Captain), W.A. Guy (Selector), C. Brown and J. Garcia (Member of Committee). Seated in the front row from left is D. Johnston, E. Owen, R. Watson, T. Robinson and W. Robinson.
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My father Eric Owen ( second from left front row) played first five eight for Taranaki for many years. In combination with the player sitting next to him Johnston the half back - they were a formidable combination in the days when Taranaki was one of the nost feared teams in the country. My father was selected for All Black trials, but at the peak of the Great Depression his employer stock and station Newton King told him it was the trials or his job - things were a bit different in those tough times.

- Wilson Owen

Posted on 14-10-2017 17:26:31