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Christ's College rugby team

Christ's College rugby team

Christ's College rugby team pose for a team portrait in about 1880. The elite Christchurch school was modelled on the English public school system, where organised sport had been introduced to build strength and character in boys. Most other secondary boys' schools also introduced organised sport, usually rugby in winter and cricket in summer.      

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Steffano Webb Collection (PAColl-3061)
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Photograph by Steffano Francis Webb

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Ben Schrader, 'Children and sport - Early sport, 1860 to 1919', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 October 2023)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 5 Sep 2013