Rau Tau: History of NZ Maori Rugby…

Image of New Zealand rugby player Thomas Ellison
Image of New Zealand rugby player Thomas Ellison (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Rau Tau: A History of Māori Rugby

Maori rugby
Ever since rugby began in New Zealand, Māori have featured strongly. Joseph Warbrick formed the legendary 1888 Natives, a side that toured over a 14-month period throughout the British Isles, nowadays regarded as the longest sports tour ever. Two early books on how the game should be played – The Art of Rugby Football and The Complete Rugby Footballer – were penned by Māori players Tom Ellison and Billy Stead (along with Dave Gallaher). Ellison gave the All Blacks their now famous black jersey with the silver fern. In 1910, Ned Parata finally had his wish granted with the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) sanctioning a Māori team to assemble to sail to Australia.




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