Hawke’s Bay’s rugby team has a proud record of holding New Zealand’s premier rugby trophy, the Ranfurly Shield. Hawke’s Bay legend George Nēpia, who toured with the ‘Invincibles’ All Black team in 1924–25, was one of the finest fullbacks ever. In 1921 McLean Park in Napier hosted the first-ever international game played by the national Māori side, then called the New Zealand Natives.
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