New Zealand Rugby pays tribute to Maurice Graham     10 Dec 2015

Better known as Maurie, Graham hailed from New South Wales. He was invited into the All Blacks as an injury replacement and was part of an historic day in All Blacks history, when the team played two matches in one afternoon at the same venue.

Graham was born on 20 December 1931 in Blayney, Australia. He was a fullback, who represented New South Wales and New South Wales Country in the early 1950s and in 1953 he was selected in the Australian Colts side. In 1954 he toured New Zealand with the Country team, playing in 10 of 11 matches and scoring 19 points.

In 1960, the All Blacks played five matches in Australia on their way to a lengthy tour in South Africa. Thirty players were named in the travelling squad, with all players due to be involved in two matches in Sydney on Saturday 14 May. Injuries to All Blacks Dennis Cameron and Steven Nesbit resulted in invitations to Graham and countryman Eddie Stapleton to join the All Blacks for the earlier match, against Queensland, which the All Blacks won 32-3. That was Graham's only appearance for the All Blacks.

Following his retirement from playing, Graham continued to make a significant contribution to age grade rugby in Australia, coaching and administering the game. He was the foundation secretary of the New South Wales Schools Rugby Union and Australian Schools Rugby Union between 1971 and 1976 and managed the Australian Schools side in 1974-75.

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