Story: Sports venues

Roadside Stories: Hamilton's rugby wars (2nd of 2)

Twenty-five years after Waikato defeated the 1956 Springboks, Hamilton's Rugby Park was the scene of another fierce contest when anti-apartheid protestors invaded the pitch, to the disgust of the rugby supporters in the crowd, and forced the cancellation of the game. Hear this Roadside Story of these two occasions in 1956 and 1981. Rugby Park was subsequently renamed Waikato Stadium.

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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Jock Phillips, 'Sports venues - Development of the major stadiums, 1920 to 1990', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/41334/roadside-stories-hamiltons-rugby-wars (accessed 12 August 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013