Story: Māori rugby – whutupaoro

George Nēpia

George Nēpia

One of New Zealand's all-time great rugby players, George Nēpia (Ngāti Rākaipaaka), kicks to touch during his only rugby league test, against Australia in 1937. The fullback was one of the first casualties of South Africa’s racial policies, which meant that New Zealand rugby teams touring the dominion included only 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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Malcolm Mulholland, 'Māori rugby – whutupaoro - Rugby union, 1910s to 1930s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 October 2019)

Story by Malcolm Mulholland, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Jan 2015