1961 France rugby union tour of New Zealand and Australia
Summary
P W D L
Total
15 09 00 06
Test match
04 01 00 03
Opponent
P W D L
 New Zealand
3 0 0 3
 Australia
1 1 0 0

The 1961 France rugby union tour of Australasia was a series of matches of the France national rugby union team which toured New Zealand and Australia in 1961. France won an historical match with Australia, but was defeated (0–3) by All Black's led by Don Clarke.[1] The French most notable players were the Camberaberò brothers, Guy e Lillian, and the captain Moncla.

French players were criticised for their anger: some matches were interrupted by brawls. In the match with South Canterbury, the referee sanctioned many French fouls and expelled the captain Michel Crauste, who had violently tackled Eddie Smith. It is said the old mother of the All Black's player came on the ground to slap the French player.[2]

Results

Scores and results list France team's points tally first.

Opposing Team For Against Date Venue Status
Nelson – Marlborough – Golden Bay – Motueka 29 11 8 July 1961 Trafalgar Park, Nelson Tour match
Taranaki 11 9 12 July 1961 Rugby Park, New Plymouth Tour match
Waikato 3 22 15 July 1961 Rugby Park, Hamilton Tour match
North Auckland 6 8 18 July 1961 Whangarei Tour match
New Zealand 6 13 22 July 1961 Eden Park, Auckland Test match
Bay of Plenty 22 6 26 July 1961 Rugby Park, Rotorua Tour match
New Zealand Māori 32 5 29 July 1961 McLean Park, Napier Tour match
Manawatu 21 6 1 August 1961 Showground Oval, PalmerstoN North Tour match
New Zealand 3 5 5 August 1961 Athletic Park, Wellington Test match
Southland 14 6 9 August 1961 Rugby Park, Invercargill Tour match
Otago 15 6 12 August 1961 Carisbrook, Dunedin Tour match
South Canterbury 14 17 15 August 1961 Fraser Park, Timaru Tour match
New Zealand 3 32 19 August 1961 Lancaster Park, Christchurch Test match
Queensland 15 12 22 August 1961 Ekka Ground, Brisbane Tour match
Australia 15 8 26 August 1961 Cricket Ground, Sydney Test match

Touring party

Full backs

Michel Vannier, Claude Lacaze

Three-quarters

Henri Rancoule, Guy Boniface, Andre Boniface, Guy Calvo, Jean Pique, Jean-Vincent Dupuy

Half-backs

Pierre Albaladejo, Pierre Lacroix Guy Camberabero

Forwards

Pierre Cazals, Jean Laudouar, Amedee Domenech, Gerard Bouguyon, Jean-Pierre Saux, Michel Crauste, Francois Moncla (c), Michel Celaya, Roland Lefevre, Jacques Rollet, Marcel Cassiede

Notes and references

  1. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Rugby Please", di G.Palmiotto e Ruggero Rizzi, ed.Libreria dello Sport, 2002