Story: Culture and recreation in the city

Athletic Park rugby test, 1921 (1st of 2)

Athletic Park rugby test, 1921

There was massive public interest in the first series of rugby games between the South African Springbok team and the All Blacks in 1921. The first test in Dunedin was won by the All Blacks, 13–5. The Springboks won the second test in Auckland, 9–5. The deciding test was at Athletic Park, Wellington. There was terrible rain and wind, yet large crowds assembled on the embankment to watch the deciding game. It finished nil–all.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Sydney Charles Smith Collection (PA-Group-00242)
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Jock Phillips, 'Culture and recreation in the city - Sport and recreation, 1900–1965', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 January 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 11 Mar 2010