Cartoon: “Of course we are considering all the factors… I mean, do we look selfish or insensitive to you?”

“Of course we are considering all the factors… I mean, do we look selfish or insensitive to you?”

Trace Hodgson

The New Zealand Rugby Union, chaired by Ces Blazey, believed its function was to administer sport and not involve itself in international politics. Its 1980 invitation to South Africa to tour was for a merit-selected Springbok team in line with conditions set by Norman Kirk in 1973.