Story: Rugby union

Lancaster Park, Christchurch, 1908

The British rugby team plays Canterbury at Lancaster Park on 13 June 1908. Lancaster Park was originally developed in 1880 as a private ground for cricket and athletics. The promoters were able to charge for admission, which they could not do initially at the public ground of Hagley Park. This was also an important factor in encouraging rugby administrators to hold their games at the ground.

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Ron Palenski, 'Rugby union - The game spreads, 1870–1892', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 March 2024)

Story by Ron Palenski, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Sep 2016