"MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT W.R.U."
"CLIVE ROWLANDS, O.B.E."
"May I, on behalf of the Welsh Rugby Union and the Welsh people, extend to the New Zealand Touring Party a very sincere warm welcome."
"It is a great pleasure to have you here under the experienced hand of your Manager Mr. J. A. Sturgeon, Assistant Manager and Coach Mr. A. J. Wyllie, and your most respected Captain, Wayne Shelford."
"The rivalry between New Zealand and Wales started in the infamous match of 1905. Each match is as readily awaited now as it was then because of your fantastic record over the years."
"Your remarkable run of results, starting with the World Cup of 1987 and continuing through the last Test against Australia 1989, is a great credit to your ablity and organisation."
"Over the years I have been very fortunate in being involved with sides as Captain, Coach and Manager against New Zealand and on each occasion I certainly have made new and everlasting friends."
"The match itinerary in Wales is indeed a hard one. I am sure each Club has prepared with great enthusiasm for activities off the field and certainly for the challenge on it. All matches, I am certain, will be played in a marvellous competitive fashion whilst preserving the essential spirit of our great game. May the 1989 New Zealand Tour of Wales and Ireland continue this fine tradition."
"Croeso Cynnes i Gymru"
"MESSAGE OF WELCOME FROM THE CHAIRMAN, NEWPORT R.F.C."
"It is a privilege and pleasure to welcome the New Zealand players, management and supporters to Rodney Parade. Any visit by the All Blacks creates tremendous interest and the fixture has been eagerly awaited. The visitors will need no reminder that the Newport club has a great tradition. A founder member of the Welsh Rugby Union, Newport has at one time or another defeated all the great Commonwealth teams on this ground."
"Only at Newport did Wilson Whineray's 1963 All Blacks suffer defeat and in previous matches the Black and Ambers have always risen to the occasion. Today will be a supreme test for the young side against the most powerful rugby nation in the world. Having played against the 1973 side where I scrummaged against Gary Whiting, I can vouch for the commitment of the gentlemen wearing the fern!"
"I hope that whatever the result the occasion will be a happy and memorable one for both players and spectators alike."
"Kia Ora Katoa"
The match itself:-
Former British Lion and Welsh Secretary Bill Clement hailed Wayne Shelford's team as the greatest All Black team to visit Wales after they demolished Newport. Shelford was given a final warning by Irish referee Owen Doyle after punching Newport flanker Andy Pocock during the 10-try scoring spree. Pocock went to hospital with three teeth missing, prop Frank Hillman had his nose broken in two places and hooker Keiron Gregory left the field with a bruised shoulder but Newport captain had no complaints. He said: "The All Blacks were much too mobile, took passes at speed and showed us what can be achieved playing sound basic rugby. I cannot see how it is possible to close the gap against such fitness, strength and professionalism". New Zealand wing Terry Wright collected a hat-trick and London born full back John Gallacher, who had little to do in defence, scored twice.