|1978 New Zealand rugby union tour of Britain and Ireland|
|Tour captain(s)||Graham Mourie|
In 1978 the New Zealand national rugby union team, the All Blacks, toured Britain and Ireland. They were the eighth All Black team to undertake a full tour of the countries and became the first to achieve a Grand Slam by beating the national teams of Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland. The previous seven touring teams had either lost or drawn at least one international, or had not played all four nations.
The New Zealand team played eighteen matches between 18 October and 16 December, winning seventeen games and losing once, to Munster at Thomond Park, Limerick. This was the first time that an All Black team had been beaten in Ireland and it remained the All Blacks' only defeat by any Irish team until they lost to the Ireland national team in 2016. The Munster victory inspired a stage play, Alone it Stands.
Although the All Blacks won their four international matches, three of the games were undecided until close to the end. The match against Ireland was level 6–6 at the end of normal time and was settled by Andy Dalton's try in injury time. Against Wales, a 78th-minute penalty goal by replacement full-back Brian McKechnie turned a 12–10 deficit into a 13–12 win. In the Scotland game the All Blacks led 12–9 going into injury time and a drop goal attempt by Ian McGeechan, which would have tied the scores if successful, was charged down and led to a breakaway try for New Zealand by Bruce Robertson.
|Cambridge University||32||12||18 October 1978||Grange Road, Cambridge||Tour match|
|Cardiff||17||7||21 October 1978||Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff||Tour match|
|West Wales XV||23||7||25 October 1978||St Helen's, Swansea||Tour match|
|London Counties||37||12||28 October 1978||Twickenham, London||Tour match|
|Munster||0||12||31 October 1978||Thomond Park, Limerick||Tour match|
|IRELAND||10||6||4 November 1978||Lansdowne Road, Dublin||Test match|
|Ulster||23||7||7 November 1978||Ravenhill, Belfast||Tour match|
|WALES||13||12||11 November 1978||Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff||Test match|
|South and South-West Counties||20||0||15 November 1978||Memorial Ground, Bristol||Tour match|
|Midland Counties||20||15||18 November 1978||Welford Road, Leicester||Tour match|
|Combined Services||34||6||21 November 1978||Aldershot Military Stadium, Aldershot||Tour match|
|ENGLAND||16||6||25 November 1978||Twickenham, London||Test match|
|Monmouthshire||26||9||29 November 1978||Rodney Parade, Newport||Tour match|
|North of England||9||6||2 December 1978||Birkenhead Park, Birkenhead||Tour match|
|North and Midlands ||31||3||5 December 1978||Linksfield Stadium, Aberdeen||Tour match|
|SCOTLAND||18||9||9 December 1978||Murrayfield, Edinburgh||Test match|
|Bridgend||17||6||13 December 1978||Brewery Field, Bridgend||Tour match|
|Barbarians||18||16||16 December 1978||Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff||Tour match|
4 November 1978
|Pen: Ward (2)
Drop: Bruce (2)
The All Blacks opened the scoring with a dropped goal by Bruce, with Ward's penalty making the score 3–3 at half-time. Bruce put the visitors ahead again with a further dropped goal before Ward levelled again with another penalty. The score remained at 6–6 as the game went into injury time but an unconverted try by Dalton after Donaldson's break from a line-out gave New Zealand a 10–6 victory. Rothmans Yearbook called it a "tense, if unspectacular, struggle in perfect playing conditions" and asserted that the All Blacks "deserved their narrow victory" after winning 31 of the 40 line-outs in the game.
NEW ZEALAND: Clive Currie, Stu Wilson, Bill Osborne, Mark Taylor, Brian Ford (rep Bryan Williams), Doug Bruce, Mark Donaldson, Billy Bush, Andy Dalton, Brad Johnstone, Andy Haden, Frank Oliver, Graham Mourie (c), Leicester Rutledge, Gary Seear.
IRELAND: Lawrence Moloney, Terry Kennedy, Mike Gibson, Alistair McKibbin, Freddie McLennan, Tony Ward, Colin Patterson, Ned Byrne, Pa Whelan, Phil Orr, Moss Keane, Donal Spring, Fergus Slattery, Shay Deering (c), Willie Duggan
11 November 1978
|Pen: Davies (3)
Pen: McKechnie (3)
25 November 1978
|Try: Oliver |
Pen: McKechnie (2)
Clive Currie, Brian McKechnie, Richard Wilson
Stu Wilson, Robert Kururangi, Brian Ford, Bryan Williams, Bruce Robertson, Lyn Jaffray, Mark Taylor, Bill Osborne
Doug Bruce, Eddie Dunn, Dave Loveridge, Mark Donaldson
Brad Johnstone, John Ashworth, John McEldowney, Gary Knight, Andy Dalton, John Black, Billy Bush, John Fleming, John Loveday, Andy Haden, Frank Oliver, Barry Ashworth, Leicester Rutledge, Graham Mourie, Wayne Graham, Gary Seear, Ash McGregor