Story: Waikato region

The game that never was

On 25 July 1981 a rugby game between the Waikato team and the touring South African Springboks was cancelled after anti-apartheid protesters stormed onto the ground at Rugby Park in Hamilton. Violence erupted after the game was called off, as this film footage shows.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Waikato region - Politics and social change', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, updated 1 Jul 2015