Until 2020, New Zealand’s first rugby match was thought to have been played in Nelson in 1870, at the suggestion of Charles Monro, who had played the game as a student in England. Rugby spread rapidly throughout the country, and Māori were quick to embrace the game.
Listen to a 2011 Roadside Story about Nelson and rugby. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.
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