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The 1924 All Blacks, nicknamed "The Invincibles", pose for a squad photo, Newton Abbott, September 1 1924.
'The Invincibles' played their first tour game on this day in 1924 © Getty Images
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England prop Andrew Sheridan was ruled of the Rugby World Cup because of a shoulder injury sustained in his country's tournament opener against Argentina. Given that the Sale Sharks front-row had already undergone two previous operations on the same shoulder, doubts were immediately raised about his future in the game but upon his return to England, he stated his intention to return stronger than ever.

The legendary All Blacks side, dubbed 'The Invincibles', began their 30-match tour of Europe with an 11-0 win against Devon.

The All Blacks went on to win Test matches against England, France, Ireland and Wales, with legendary fullback George Nepia playing every game of the tour.

Following the 1905-06 'Originals' in touring Europe, the 'Invincibles' were held in high regard by contemporary fans and commentators. Along with Nepia the side featured such all-time greats as Bert Cooke, Mark Nicholls and Maurice Brownlie.

On the same day Ronald Cove-Smith's Lions team lost the series with South Africa. The tourists put up their best Test display of the tour in a 3-3 draw in Port Elizabeth, but they remained 2-0 down in the rubber with just one Test to come.

The Lions wound up their official matches on the tour of New Zealand and Australia with a narrow 41-36 win over Victoria in a match that yielded 18 tries.

Devon & Cornwall combined to provide the Wallabies with their first opposition on their major European tour. The Australians, led by Bill McLean, score five tries in winning 17-7.

New Zealand, playing for 70 minutes with only 14 men after their wing broke a leg, beat Australia 15-8 in Wellington to share the spoils in a two-match series.


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