Hika Reid - New Zealand - International Rugby Union Caps.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 19 November 1983

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      Tuesday, 08 April 1958
      Rotorua, New Zealand.
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Hika REID - New Zealand - International Rugby Union Caps.

Hika Reid was the find of the tour on New Zealand's visit to Australia in 1980. With regular hooker Andy Dalton unavailable, Reid made his debut in the first test at Sydney and then made a dazzling contribution at Ballymore. A fast and mobile player who loved to run, Hika will always be remembered for starting and finishing a move that spanned the length of the field and helped New Zealand to a 12-9 win. With the Wallabies leading by three points in the dying stages, Hika grabbed a loose ball deep in his own half and threw himself into the opposition forwards before laying off to Dave Loveridge. The ball then passed through no fewer than five more sets of hands before Murray Taylor set up Reid for the try.


Starved of anything else of note to cheer in the series, jubilant New Zealand fans stationed on the famous "Hill" stormed the pitch to eulogise their new hero. Hika missed the deciding third test due to illness, but his performances earned him the nod ahead of Dalton for the match against Wales later in the year and he scored another try in New Zealand's 23-3 victory. However, Dalton reclaimed the hooker spot in 1981 and for the next three years Hika was forced to sit on the bench. His next international appearance came in 1983 against Scotland on the UK tour when Dalton was again unavailable, and he also featured against England (see photo above). However, neither match was won and the best part of two years lapsed before he took the field again, this time against Argentina. Hika played his final test in the deciding third match against Australia in the 1986 season, a game which New Zealand lost 22-9. In all, he played in nine tests, scoring two tries. (Jon Collins)
















Haka Reid pictured playing for New Zealand on 1st. November 1983.  Photo G. Herringshaw. ©


1980 v Australia (Brisbane) W 12-9
1980 v Australia (Sydney) L 26-10

1980 v Wales (Cardiff) W 23-3


1983 v Scotland (Murrayfield) D 25-25

1983 v England (Twickenham) L 15-9


1985 v Argentina (Buenos Aires) W 33-20

1985 v Argentina (Buenos Aires) D 21-21


1986 v Australia (Dunedin) W 13-12
1986 v Australia (Auckland) L 22-9

Career Record: Played 9: Won 4, Drew 2, Lost 3
Test Points: 8 Tries: 2

Hika Reid played in the next two Internationals
following his debut against Australia in
June 1980 but then only featured in two
of the next twenty-seven games. He then
played in four of the following six games
including his final appearance against
Australia in September 1986.