Story: Māori rugby – whutupaoro

Matt Te Pou

Matt Te Pou

New Zealand Māori celebrate their win by carrying their coach, Matt Te Pou, on their shoulders for a victory lap. They had just beaten the British and Irish Lions 19–13 at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton. A win over the Lions is considered one of the great rugby scalps. Under Te Pou New Zealand Māori won 35 of their 40 matches.

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Malcolm Mulholland, 'Māori rugby – whutupaoro - Rugby union, 1949 to 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 April 2024)

Story by Malcolm Mulholland, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Jan 2015