Story: Rugby union

New Zealand rugby team, 1884

New Zealand rugby team, 1884

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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Ron Palenski, 'Rugby union - The game spreads, 1870–1892', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 June 2024)

Story by Ron Palenski, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Sep 2016