Story: Māori rugby – whutupaoro

Benji Marshall with the 2008 World Cup

Benji Marshall with the 2008 World Cup

Benji Marshall, one of the great New Zealand and Māori players of the modern era, holds the Rugby League World Cup aloft in 2008. Despite Australia being the overwhelming favourites to win the World Cup, the Kiwis beat them convincingly 34–20 to become world champions. A British journalist described the win as the most significant upset in the history of international rugby league.

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Malcolm Mulholland, 'Māori rugby – whutupaoro - Māori rugby league, 1970s to 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 February 2019)

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