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Whakarewarewa Rugby Club

Whakarewarewa Rugby Club

This is the rugby team at Whakarewarewa, near Rotorua, in the late 19th century. Rugby was played by Māori from the 1870s, and in some Māori communities, such as Whakarewarewa, clubs were set up. Arthur Warbrick, one of five brothers who played in the 1888–89 Native team, lived for a time at Whakarewarewa and was buried there. Whakarewarewa was still a flourishing rugby club in the 2000s.

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Ron Palenski, 'Rugby union - Women’s and Māori rugby', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 December 2023)

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