Kōrero: Rugby union

Replay of New Zealand's first game of rugby

Replay of New Zealand's first game of rugby

In 2011, during the Rugby World Cup, there was a re-enactment of one of the first games played under rugby rules in New Zealand, on the original site – the Observation Hill reserve in Nelson. The original game was played on 14 May 1870 between the Nelson town football club and Nelson College. The re-enactment, watched by about 5,000 people, emphasised the extent to which the original game consisted of large rolling mauls, as shown here. Points were not scored when a player touched the ball down over the goal line, but only if they successfully kicked a goal after the touchdown, and so ‘converted’ the ‘try’ into points.

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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Photograph by Jock Phillips

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Ron Palenski, 'Rugby union - History of rugby', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/39998/replay-of-new-zealands-first-game-of-rugby (accessed 28 September 2021)

He kōrero nā Ron Palenski, i tāngia i te 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Sep 2016