The first national representative rugby team to leave New Zealand’s shores toured New South Wales, winning all eight games. The side included two Māori players, Jack Taiaroa (second row, far left) and Joe Warbrick (front row, centre). Taiaroa, of Ngāi Tahu, came from the Māori settlement of Ōtākou on Otago Harbour and was the leading try scorer on the tour, with nine tries. His cousin Joe Warbrick, of Ngāti Rangitihi in Rotorua, had first played provincial rugby at the age of 15 and later was the captain of the 1888–89 Native tour. Warbrick was killed by the Waimangu geyser in 1903.
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