Story: The New Zealanders

Rugby triumphs and national pride (1st of 3)

Rugby triumphs and national pride

The sense of New Zealanders as physically superior men was reinforced by the success of the All Blacks rugby tour of Britain in 1905–6. As this popular postcard shows, the All Blacks were hugely successful in England (although less so in Wales, where they lost the test), and observers began to suggest that this proved British people were made better in the colonies. This 1905 postcard was drawn by Trevor Lloyd.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-A-Rugby-1905-1
Cartoon by Trevor Lloyd

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'The New Zealanders - A man’s country', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/ephemera/1963/rugby-triumphs-and-national-pride (accessed 18 November 2019)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 20 May 2015