Saturday, April 10, 2010

Nelson is NZ’s home of Rugby

As the signboard at the Nelson Boys College will inform you

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here is the home of NZ Rugby, yes those mighty “All Blacks” can be traced

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right back to here where the rugby game begun in New Zealand, in Nelson.

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Back in ole blighty, it wasn’t up until a chap named William Webb Ellis came along

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that anyone had given much thought to using your hands as much as your feet.

And the person who was responsible for bringing the game to New Zealand is below.

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His name was Charles James Monro.

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The first game didn’t actually take place at the college grounds as this painting depicts – it was first played at the Botanics Reserve, still there, just under the Centre of New Zealand monument.

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After that it was generally accepted that Nelson Boys College was the home.

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With the 2011 Rugby World Cup just around the corner you can imagine the level of interest and excitement locally with this sort of heritage.

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Nelson Boys College has a great tradition of past greats, not all of them sporting like for example Ernest Rutherford who split the atom.

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Reflecting some more of our towns heritage, two of the pool games featuring Italy will be played in Nelson, more than likely at Trafalgar Park.

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In fact this event was celebrated last year at the birthday with 2 years to go by having the main street closed off for a “long lunch.”

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Bring it on!