Dave Gallaher (30 October 1873 – 4 October 1917) was a New Zealand
rugby union footballer and the captain of the 1905–06 Original All
Blacks. They were the first representative New Zealand team to tour the
British Isles, winning 34 out of 35 matches on their world tour. With
his vice-captain Billy Stead, Gallaher co-wrote the classic rugby text
The Complete Rugby Footballer. Retiring as a player after the tour, he
took up coaching, and was a selector for both Auckland and New Zealand
for most of the following decade. The Originals helped to cement rugby
as New Zealand's national sport, but Gallaher's role as wing-forward
contributed to decades of strain between the rugby authorities of New
Zealand and the Home Nations, and the International Rugby Football Board
effectively outlawed the position in 1931. During the First World War,
Gallaher was killed at the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium. He has
been inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame and New Zealand Sports
Hall of Fame. The Gallaher Shield is awarded annually to the winner of
Auckland's club championship, and the Dave Gallaher Trophy is contested
between the national teams of France and New Zealand.
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