Kōrero: Hawke’s Bay region

Roadside Stories: Hawke's Bay rugby

Hawke’s Bay’s rugby team has a proud record of holding New Zealand’s premier rugby trophy, the Ranfurly Shield. Hawke’s Bay legend George Nēpia, who toured with the ‘Invincibles’ All Black team in 1924–25, was one of the finest fullbacks ever. In 1921 McLean Park in Napier hosted the first-ever international game played by the national Māori side, then called the New Zealand Natives.

Listen to a Roadside Story about Hawke’s Bay rugby. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Kerryn Pollock, 'Hawke’s Bay region - Sport, leisure and tourism', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/interactive/35295/roadside-stories-hawkes-bay-rugby (accessed 24 August 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 2 Jul 2015