The history of professional rugby goes back to the 1907 famous “All Golds” tour to Australia and Great Britain led by Albert Henry Baskerville.
It wasn’t until 1926 that the national team adopted the Kiwi as their symbol and then introduced the famous irregular white ‘V’ to the black jersey for the tour of Australia in 1938.
During the early 1960s, New Zealand enjoyed one of their best periods – winning seven out of ten test matches, including a 2-0 series win over Great Britain in 1962 – then considered the top rugby league nation in the world.
The most outstanding performance was their record-breaking 19-nil win over Britain at Carlaw Park. It was only the second time a British team had been held scoreless.
New Zealand were captained by Mel Cooke and included the likes of Brian Reidy, Reese Griffiths, Neville Denton Jock Butterfield, Maunga Emery and Ron Ackland.
The Ellis Rugby 1962 Vintage New Zealand Rugby League collection was inspired by the games history – and includes a classic jersey, stylish Polo shirt and reverse coloured t-shirt.