18 Aug 2022

NZ Sporting History: The NZ "Natives" Rugby team

From Afternoons, 2:25 pm on 18 August 2022

For this weeks NZ Sporting History segment, we are going back 130 years.

Long before the All Blacks there was the New Zealand "Natives" Rugby team.

The Natives' Rugby Tour of 1888 to 1889 included a staggering 107 rugby matches in New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain - which they won 78.

Professor of History at Lincoln University, Dr Greg Ryan has written extensively on this tour and even published a book called 'Forerunners of the All Blacks." He talks to Jesse about the team which he argues, would even outplay our modern day professional players!

New Zealand rugby touring team (All Blacks) 1967. Crown Studios Ltd :Negatives and prints. Ref: 1/1-030662-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23107979

Photo: Malcolm Turnbull Library