New Zealand’s first rugby match was held in Nelson in 1870, at the suggestion of Charles Monro, who had played the game as a student in England. Rugby spread rapidly throughout the country, and Māori were quick to embrace the game. It was especially popular in small rural towns.
Listen to a Roadside Story about Nelson and rugby. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.
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