The 1905-06 All Black tour was arguably the greatest ever, setting the template for all subsequent tours of Britain. Not only did the All Blacks win all but one match, but they despatched most of their opponents with stunning ease. But beneath the brilliance, Southern Hemsiphere rugby players were at breaking point – and the defining tour of rugby union would be the catalyst for the creation of rugby league in Australia and NZ. For more on the history of rugby and the other football codes, follow me on Twitter @collinstony and take a look at

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