Sid GOING

Sid Going - New Zealand - New Zealand International Rugby Caps.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 08 November 1972

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    • POSITION
      Scrum-half
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Thursday, 19 August 1943
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Kawakawa, New Zealand
  • INTERNATIONAL
  • New Zealand
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Sid GOING - New Zealand - New Zealand International Rugby Caps.

Career Record: Played 29, Won 17, Drew 2, Lost 10 Test Points: 44

Tries: 10 Penalties: 2 Conversions: 1.

 

1967 v Australia (Wellington) W 29-9

1967 v France (Colombes) W 21-15

 

1968 v France (Auckland) W 19-12

1969 v Wales (Christchurch) W 19-0

1969 v Wales (Auckland) W 33-12

 

1970 v South Africa (R) (Pretoria) L 17-6

1970 v South Africa (Joburg) L 20-17

 

1971 v British Lions (Dunedin) L 9-3
1971 v British Lions (Christchurch) W 22-12
1971 v British Lions (Wellington) L 13-3

1971 v British Lions (Auckland) D 14-14

 

1972 v Australia (Wellington) W 29-6
1972 v Australia (Christchurch) W 30-17
1972 v Australia (Auckland) W 38-3
1972 v Wales (Cardiff) W 19-16
1972 v Scotland (Murrayfield) W 14-9
1973 v England (Twickenham) W 9-0
1973 v Ireland (Dublin) D 10-10
1973 v France (Paris) L 13-6
1973 v England (Twickenham) W 9-0
1973 v Ireland (Dublin) D 10-10

1973 v France (Paris) L 13-6

1973 v England (Auckland) L 16-10

 

1974 v Ireland (Dublin) W 15-6

 

1975 v Scotland (Auckland) W 24-0

 

1976 v Ireland (R) (Wellington) W 11-3
1976 v South Africa (Durban) L 16-7
1976 v South Africa (Bloemfontein) W 15-9
1976 v South Africa (Cape Town) L 15-10

1976 v South Africa (Joburg) L 15-14

1977 v British Lions (Wellington) W 16-12
1977 v British Lions (Christchurch) L 13-9



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One of three rugby playing brothers, 'Super Sid' won twenty nine caps for the All Blacks, scoring ten tries. A Maori player, his low centre of gravity and powerful breaks from the scrum or lineout made him a formidable attacking player. His blindside break and double or even triple dummy, followed by a dart for the line was a threat most back row forwards would lose sleep over. He made his debut in 1967 against Australia and scored in his second against the French. The following year he toured Britain and France, and scored two tries against France in the Third Test at Eden Park. However, he had competition for the number nine jersey from the slick and efficient Chris Laidlaw, who had mastered the art of the spin pass. Their styles were very different and Going was often criticised for his slower service but the matter was resolved when Laidlaw retired in 1970.

 

Going would then go onto become New Zealand's most capped scrum-half. Some of his greatest battles were with the legendary Wales and British Lions' scrum-half, Gareth Edwards. In the 1971 series against the Lions, Going would come up against a back-row specifically chosen to counter his attacking style. That the series was won was in no small part due to the fact that the influential Going had been 'smothered' by the Lions. Going was also an astute tactical kicker and was the Maori player of the year from 1967-1972. He faced the Lions again in 1977, scoring in the First test but after the Second test defeat his international career came to an end. Going entertained crowds everywhere he played with his pace and handling skills. One of international rugby's 'gentlemen' he played to win but also to win in style. (John Lovell)