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Welcoming home the 1884 New Zealand rugby team

Welcoming home the 1884 New Zealand rugby team

When the New Zealand rugby team returned to Wellington after their unbeaten eight-match tour of New South Wales, there was a celebratory banquet at the Empire Hotel. Governor William Jervois made clear in this speech that the success of the team had brought considerable pride to the colony.

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Reference: Hawke's Bay Herald, 25 June 1884, p. 4

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Jock Phillips, 'Sport and the nation - Beginnings of sporting nationalism', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/41197/welcoming-home-the-1884-new-zealand-rugby-team (accessed 26 August 2019)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013