Insight. 1985, The Tour
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Insight '85 discusses the All Black tour of South Africa being called off after legal action.
The programme opens with New Zealand Rugby Union chairman Ces Blazey announcing the tour has been called off, after a court injunction, brought about by court action by two Auckland lawyers, forced the team to remain in New Zealand.
RNZ court reporter Merle Knowland outlines Patrick Finnigan and Phillip Recordon's case against the rugby union and details Mr Justice Casey's decision. He said about half the people of New Zealand are opposed to the tour for a variety of reasons.
The rugby union has decided not to appeal against his injunction, as it would be hard to reinstate security arrangements in South Africa.
Interview with Ces Blazey who says the rugby union council will meet to discuss their options.
New Zealand Times rugby correspondent Alex Veysey comments about the state of mind of the rugby players, saying Brian Lochore says they are 'flattened' and also any delay to the tour will mean grounds in South Africa will be too hard and the climate too hot.
Veysey and Ces Blazey give their opinions on the possibility of an alternative tour - or a rebel tour of South Africa.
Auckland University law lecturer Bill Hodge gives his opinion on Justice Casey's decision.
Reaction to the decision from:
An unidentified rugby player (possibly Murray Mexted?) asking if he needs court and government permission to go surfing now as well.
Dr Danie Craven - replies "no comment" to several questions from a New Zealand journalist
Bob Howitt, Rugby News editor, is dismayed and comments on the many people who had booked travel to tour with the All Blacks
Trevor Richards, one of the founders of HART, compares it to the cancelled 1973 tour of New Zealand by the Springboks and talks about the support for the anti-tour movement by many other community groups, which played a role in the court decision
Patrick Finnigan, one of the lawyers who brought the court action comments.
Bill Hodge is interviewed about the implications of the decision on other sporting and community groups who are reviewing their constitutions, as the Rugby Union's played a part in the ruling against them.
Canterbury University sociologist Geoff Fougere comments at length on the changing role of rugby as New Zealand society changes, including the changing roles of Māori and women.