Story: Rugby union

‘All Golds’ cartoon

‘All Golds’ cartoon

In 1907 a number of former All Blacks left New Zealand as part of a group of professional rugby players to play against England’s Northern Union, which had broken away from the rugby union to form rugby league. In addition to the players, the team also appropriated their black colours and the All Black name. However, contemporaries dubbed the team the ‘All Golds’ in reference to their professional status. This cartoon, which appeared in the Observer in August 1907, picks up on the issues involved.

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Reference: Observer, 17 August, 1907, p. 5

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Ron Palenski, 'Rugby union - The changing game', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 December 2023)

Story by Ron Palenski, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Sep 2016