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George Nepia

George Nepia

NationNew Zealand
BornWairoa Hawke’s Bay, April 25, 1905
PositionFull back
Internationals9 caps between 1924 and 1930
InductedMarch 16, 2002

The following article has been adapted from the original by Dai Llewellyn, which focused on two players. It has been changed to highlight only the selected inductee’s information.

George Nepia was one of the all-time great players and his country’s finest full back.

This outstanding man played in all 30 matches on the 1924 tour of Britain and Ireland, making his international debut, aged 19, in the opening Test against Ireland. The tourists did not lose a match and earned themselves the title of The Invincibles.

Nepia won just nine international caps, but made 46 appearances for the All Blacks, 38 of them in succession, a record.

Article by Dai Llewellyn


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