Story: Māori rugby – whutupaoro

1888–89 New Zealand Native Rugby Football team

1888–89 New Zealand Native Rugby Football team

This is the 1888–89 New Zealand Native Rugby Football team. Joseph Warbrick organised the team, which included two sets of brothers –  five Warbrick brothers and three Wynyard brothers (one of whom joined the team in Britain). The team toured Britain, Australia and New Zealand. The players are, back row: Arthur Warbrick, A. Webster, J. R. Scott (promoter), G. Williams, William (or Billy) Warbrick and Alf Warbrick; middle row: E. Ihimaira, W. Wynyard, D. Gage, Joe Warbrick (captain), Fred Warbrick and G. Wynyard; and front row: Richard Taiaroa, T. Ellison, R. Maynard, Wi Karauria and C. Goldsmith. In 2008 Joe Warbrick individually, and the team as a whole, were inducted into the International Rugby Board Hall of Fame.

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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
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Malcolm Mulholland, 'Māori rugby – whutupaoro - Origins of Māori rugby union', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/39617/1888-89-new-zealand-native-rugby-football-team (accessed 18 December 2018)

Story by Malcolm Mulholland, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 27 Jan 2015