Maori All Blacks
Rugby History : today 18/12 in 1888 The first New Zealand team to tour Wales arrived in Swansea. The touring Maori brought only 20 of their squad of 26 for the Welsh leg of their British visit in order to save "unnece ssary expense". The title of All Black 'Originals' went to the 1905 tour party, these players were called the 'Natives' (Official Cap issued on the tour above) in part for promotional purposes. Starting in May 1888 the side toured until August 1889, playing 107 matches.