Dave Gal­la­her

Herald on Sunday - - SPORT -

Gal­la­her is among the most im­per­ish­able leg­ends of All Blacks rugby. He led the first land­mark na­tional team, the Orig­i­nals, on their ex­traor­di­nar­ily suc­cess­ful tour of Bri­tain and France in 1905-06. Gal­la­her, the in­spir­ing rugby cap­tain and one of the deep­est thinkers on the game of his era, was born in Ire­land, and came to New Zealand as a child. The fam­ily farmed at Katikati in the Bay of Plenty be­fore mov­ing in the 1890s to Auck­land, where he be­came a stal­wart of the Pon­sonby Rugby Club. Be­cause of his ser­vice in the Boer War, as a cor­po­ral in the Mounted Ri­fles, he missed the 1901-02 sea­sons in New Zealand. He was big for a for­ward of that era at 1.83m tall and 84kg. In his early ca­reer, he was a hooker in the 2-3-2 scrum and, af­ter play­ing for the North Is­land in 1903, it was in that po­si­tion he was cho­sen for that year’s tour of Aus­tralia. By then, Gal­la­her was nearly 30 but that tour was to be the start of an il­lus­tri­ous four sea­sons in the na­tional side. He played his first four matches as a hooker but for his fi­nal four, in­clud­ing the test — the first played by New Zealand against Aus­tralia — he was moved to wing for­ward. Gal­la­her died on Oc­to­ber 4,

1917, of wounds in the early stages of the ef­forts to se­cure

Pass­chen­daele.

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