Story: Rugby union

Roadside Stories: the birth of New Zealand rugby

Listen to a Roadside Story about one of the first rugby games in New Zealand, played in Nelson in 1870. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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Ron Palenski, 'Rugby union - History of rugby', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/39999/roadside-stories-the-birth-of-new-zealand-rugby (accessed 26 September 2021)

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