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Title: ... p26 Kelly, p63 Langlands, p64 Gasnier, p82 Irvine, p62 Raper, p30 Watson - memory of 1963 Test Serie



p26 - The match at Swinton was the first test I saw live. It left an indelible imprint on me, which remains to this day.

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Kevin Blackwell, England

Hull Kingston Rovers

1963

15/02/2007

 

The 1st test series I remember was as a small boy reading about the 1962 series.

1963 was the first series I saw on TV.

The 1st test was played at Wembley, but only highlights were shown on TV, although I think Reg Gasnier scored 3 tries.

The match at Swinton was the first test I saw live.

It left an indelible imprint on me, which remains to this day.

Australia have never played better in my opinion. Langlands, Irvine, Gasnier, Raper would walk into any greatest team that I could think of.

The abiding memories are of Ken Irvine's chase down of Neil Fox, with John Stopford scoring a try.

But watching Australia that day was like watching the Harlem Globetrotters.

Raper never played better. Chang wasn't far behind. Still the best team I've ever seen.

As memorable was the 3rd test (Battle of Headingley) when the fists flew. Noel Kelly was indeed a very hard man. A scrum broke up and he delivered a couple of beauties on one of the English props.

Cliff Watson got sent off in the same game.

I have highlights of the 63 Tour on DVD and it's a prized possession.

   
Appears in the following pages ....P26_Noel KELLY, P30_Cliff WATSON, P62_Johnny RAPER, P63_ Changa LANGLANDS, P64_Reg GASNIER, P82_Ken IRVINE
Date of posting ... 15-Feb-2007
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