Story: Colonial and provincial government

Provincial rugby unions

When rugby became organised in the 1880s, clubs combined to form provincial unions and the use of the term ‘province’ has remained. In 2011 there were 26 provincial rugby unions, many, especially in the North Island, established in areas that were only very lightly settled when the provinces were abolished in 1876.

Teatowel © The Derek Corporation

Using this item

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Photograph by Miranda Wells

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Malcolm McKinnon, 'Colonial and provincial government - After abolition', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/35495/provincial-rugby-unions (accessed 23 January 2020)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, published 20 Jun 2012