Graham, a flanker in the All Blacks rugby team between 1958 and 1964, was the
retired Headteacher of an Auckland
grammar school. Chris Doig asked him to take on the team management.
Ross Dykes (convenor), Richard Pickard and Mike Shrimpton, withJohn Reid (operations manager).
Fleming had become New Zealand's youngest Test skipper at 23
visit to NZ in early 1997 when he replaced Lee Germon.
An initial squad of
fifteen was considered, and then increased to seventeen with Shane O’Connor
and Andrew Penn as cover for Simon Doull and Geoff Allott who were trying to
prove their fitness.
Unavailable:Geoff Allott(back and knee surgery)
Simon Doull(double stress fracture of the back)
Young(knee)- he was replaced by Chris Spearman
Tour Party Announced : 21 August 1997
Not selected:Danny Morrison.
Penn (CD) fractured his ankle and was replaced by David Sewell.
between selection and departure from New Zealand
August to 1 September)
Players not on the Academy tour of South Africa attended a training camp at Lincoln University at which fitness tests were
The team departed from New Zealand on 1 September 1997.
At the end of the New
tour of South Africa, O'Connor,
Vettori, McMillan, Sewell and Wiseman flew direct to Kenya to join the side.Coach Steve Rixon was with them, too.
1st match in Kenya starts
4 Sept 1997.
The New Zealanders flew in to Zimbabwe on Wednesday 10
September. They touched down at Harare
at 11:30 am on a flight from Nairobi.It was now an 18-man group of fifteen
players and three officials. They trained at the Alexandra Sports Club next
spent in Zimbabwe
September - depart Host)
Won 117 r
Won 7 w
ϯ Harare (1)
Zimbabwe Country Districts (50 overs)
Won 2 w
Lost 3 w
Won 83 r
Country Club(2)Alexandra Sports Club(3)Harare Sports Club
† not first-class
§ one-day international
Time spent in Kenya and Zimbabwe before First Test: