Story: Colonial and provincial government

Provincial rugby unions

When rugby became organised in the 1870s, clubs combined to form provincial unions and the use of the term ‘province’ has remained. In 2023 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.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Colonial and provincial government - After abolition', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 April 2024)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 6 Oct 2023