On New Year's Day in 1906 at Parc des Princes
in Paris, the Republic of France took the field in their first ever international match. Their opponent for the inaugural game was New Zealand.
Captaining the All Blacks
that day was Dave Gallaher
, killed in action eleven years later during the Passchendaele Offensive
. In his memory and to commemorate New Zealand's contribution to French liberty, the winner of the first game in any year between the French
and New Zealand
Unions is awarded the Coupe Dave Gallaher
Each year, the two Unions endeavour to hold the match on the 11th of November: Armistice Day
. If the match occurs on this day, the All Blacks sew a red poppy
onto the right arm of their jerseys and the two teams observe a minute's silence in memory of those who fell in two World Wars.
New Zealand is pleased to welcome our French friends to the 2011 Rugby World Cup final
To remember our shared history. To continue our shared traditions.
-SRA. Auckland, 21/x 2011. (reposted)