Story: Māori rugby – whutupaoro

George Nēpia

George Nēpia

One of New Zealand's all time great rugby players, George Nēpia (Ngāti Rākaipaaka), is shown having just kicked a touch finder. Nēpia was an outstanding fullback who was one of the first major casualties of the South African Apartheid policy, which meant that New Zealand rugby teams touring South Africa only included white players.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, S. P. Andrew Collection (PAColl-3739)
Reference: 1/1-018732-F
Photograph by Stanley Polkinghorne Andrew

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How to cite this page:

Malcolm Mulholland, 'Māori rugby – whutupaoro - Rugby union, 1910s to 1930s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 February 2019)

Story by Malcolm Mulholland, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 27 Jan 2015