Hamilton's rugby wars - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Hamilton's Rugby Park.

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Rugby Park in the Video tab.

In 1956 Hamilton’s Rugby Park was the site of the only provincial win against the touring South African Springbok rugby team. When the Springboks returned 25 years later, local rugby fans hoped for a repeat victory – but the victory belonged to the anti-apartheid protest movement, which invaded the field and forced the cancellation of the game, leading to conflict between protesters and sports fans in the streets.

Related web links:
Waikato rugby
The 1981 Springbok rugby tour
Mooloo kids
Organising against racism, 1970s to early 2000s

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives. Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number sa-d-00944-03-s02-pm).

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way – its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit http://www.mch.govt.nz/roadside/