They were the ‘All Blacks’ not the All Whites in 1922, but New Zealand’s victory in the first trans-Tasman series a century ago was greeted with an Australian gripe.
Danny Hay’s 2022 All Whites and the Socceroos meet for the first time in 12 years in two internationals in Brisbane on Thursday and at Auckland’s Eden Park on Sunday week.
The two arch rivals have clashed 64 times since 1922. Australia – now an Asian confederation powerhouse headed for a fifth consecutive World Cup finals – have won 40 games to the All Whites’ 13, with 11 matches drawn.
Yet, it was New Zealand –captained by ex-soldier George Campbell – who triumphed in the first series in 1922 when football authorities strove to win the hearts and mind of rugby-besotted Aotearoa.