Today in sports history: May 10 - 'All-white' All Blacks depart for South Africa

The 1960 All Blacks arrive in South Africa.
The 1960 All Blacks arrive in South Africa. Photo credit: Getty

The COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out most live sport all around the globe, but history will never be erased.

While you contemplate streaming yet another Netflix drama or rewatching another replay of your favourite sporting moments, here are some stories that were making news in years past on May 10.


Despite more than 160,000 signing a petition urging them not to go, an all-white All Blacks team left for their tour of South Africa. 

The 'No Māoris, No Tour' movement saw protesters invade Parliament's public gallery and war veterans throw medals on the floor.

They lost the series against the Springboks by two tests to one, with another test drawn.


The NZ Cavaliers lose their opening test against South Africa 21-15 at Newlands. 

The Cavaliers was the name given to New Zealand as at the time, national teams were banned from playing the Springboks because of the republic's apartheid policies.

Sir Colin Meads.
Sir Colin Meads. Photo credit: Getty

The Cavaliers were coached by Colin Meads and captained by Andy Dalton and won just one of the four matches against South Africa, although they won seven of their eight other games on the tour.


England's men's rugby team wins Team of the Year at the Laureus Sports Awards after their triumph at the 2003 Rugby World Cup. 

German F1 driver Michael Schumacher won Sportsman of the Year with Swedish golfer Annika Sörenstam taking out the Sportswoman of the Year title.


The NZ Warriors wend their Eden park hoodoo with a commanding 54-12 win over the Canberra Raiders.

Shaun Johnson.
Shaun Johnson. Photo credit: Photosport

Manu Vatuvei and Shaun Johnson both scored braces, with the latter landing all nine shots at goal. 


Kiwi fighter Mark Hunt gets brutalised by Stipe Miocic at  a UFC Fight Night in Adelaide.

Mark Hunt.
Mark Hunt. Photo credit: Getty

The fight saw Miocic set the record for the number of total strikes landed in a bout, landing 361 strikes compared to Hunt's 46, with the 315 differential being the largest margin in UFC history.


Rafael Nadal breaks John McEnroe's record for successive set wins on a single surface (49 on carpet) with 6-3, 6-4 win over Diego Schwartzman at the Madrid Open (clay).

Rafael Nadal.
Rafael Nadal. Photo credit: AAP


1961 - Kiwi equestrian Olympic gold medalist Blyth Tait

1969 - Former Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp

1996 - Wallabies prop Taniela Tupou

Taniela Tupou.
Taniela Tupou. Photo credit: AAP

Newshub sport's top story 12 months ago 

Live updates: Super Rugby - Blues v Hurricanes from Auckland 

The Hurricanes put together an impressive defensive performance to beat the Blues 22-12 at Eden Park.

The Blues dominated territory and possession early on in the match, which they turned into seven points in the 10th minute, when halfback Sam Nock crashed over.

Ben Lam levelled the game up for the Hurricanes, after an incredible solo run saw him beat four tacklers to score.

Jordie Barrett scored the third try of the match to take the score to 14-7 to the Hurricanes, which is where it stood at half-time.

Dalton Papalii made a dash down the right wing to score for the Blues, after bumping off two tacklers, and the home side continued to have all the ball - until Beauden Barrett pounced on a loose offload from Augustine Pulu and scored an intercept try to take it out to a seven-point game.

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