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New Zealand Rugby Union History

The history of the New Zealand Rugby Union including its creation, the first New Zealand rugby game, the first AllBlacks, when rugby became professional and the history of the New Zealand rugby structure.



Christ's College

Rugby owes a lot to Christ's College, Finchley, London. An old boy of the school founded rugby in New Zealand, another helped establish the game in South Africa and yet another founded the Barbarians club.


The 1905/06 'Originals

The tour of the British Isles and France by the 1905/6 All Blacks will always be important in New Zealand’s sporting history for a number of reasons.

The 'Scarfies'

It is over 90 years since New Zealand Universities' first match, against the University of Sydney on 4 July 1908 in Sydney. Since then the Universities have played a developmental role in the game, but there have been some notable highs.