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. The Kiwis convincingly beat Australia, the overwhelming favourites, 34–20 in the final. A British journalist described this result 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 23 April 2024)

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