11:01am Wednesday 16th October 2013
RUGBY fans will be happy to know that local author Roger Penn is launching a book called the Three Feathers and a Silver Fern next month.
Penn has dedicated a chapter in this must have book to amazing local events which he believes may have been lost in history.
The writer from Pembrokeshire was commissioned by Gwasg Gomer to write an off-field social history of the Wales-New Zealand fixture, which started in 1905 and whose latest encounter was played in November 2012.
He flew out to New Zealand where he spent five weeks carrying out research and interviewing former All Blacks.
As a result, he has produced a sporting social history that will interest people in Pembrokeshire and West Wales is the fact that in 1924 the All Blacks set up camp in Tenby for a week's training ahead of the match with Wales on November 29 that year.
Also a player from Neyland named Tom Evans played in the centre for Swansea against the All Blacks in that same year. That early association may have a bearing on why Neyland RFC has adopted the silver fern as their club crest.
The official book launch will be held at Whitland Rugby Club on Friday, November 15 and any interested are welcome to attend.
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