Team of '79 celebrated on 40th anniversary

Team of '79 celebrated on 40th anniversary

Edinburgh will this weekend celebrate the 40th Anniversary of facing New Zealand at Myreside in 1979.

In what was a landmark and historic fixture for the club, this Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 match against Scarlets marks almost 40 years to the day (31 October 1979) since the then-Edinburgh District took on the touring All Blacks for the first time in its history.

Keep your eyes peeled on our social channels and the big screen at Saturday’s match for exclusive content and highlights from the momentous fixture that saw stand-off Duncan Wilson score Edinburgh’s only try in a 4-16 loss to the All Blacks.

Supporters can also read about the game in our matchday programme, The Capital, as we sat down with former Edinburgh and Scotland players Jim Calder and Iain Milne to discuss the significance of the fixture.

Former Edinburgh, Scotland and British & Irish Lions full-back, Andy Irvine - who captained the district side against New Zealand in 1979 – said: "Even back then, the All Blacks still had a certain aura about them and I was massively honoured to be selected to face them.

"To play against New Zealand for your home city, on your home patch was magnificent and it was a great occasion. Although we were all rivals at our club sides, we really did have a brilliant team spirit. You could see the way in which Duncan Wilson scored how much quality that team really possessed too."

Edinburgh Rugby Managing Director, Douglas Struth, added: “It’s hugely important that the club celebrates its past achievements and we’re really excited to this weekend pay tribute to the players who paved the way for the modern game

“Not many club teams can say that they’ve taken on the All Blacks – or scored a try against the All Blacks – so it’s brilliant that we can this weekend celebrate the team of ’79 and that momentous fixture that took place 40 years ago.”


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