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First test match in New Zealand, 1910

First test match in New Zealand, 1910

The first rugby league test match in New Zealand was played between the British Lions and the Kiwis in 1910 in Auckland. A crowd of 16,000 watched as the New Zealanders were thoroughly beaten, with a final score of 52–20.

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Reference: n illustrated history: centenary 1910–2010: 100 years of New Zealand Rugby League. Established April 25, 1910. Auckland: New Zealand Rugby League, 2010, p. 7

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John Coffey, 'Rugby league - Arrival in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 September 2020)

Story by John Coffey, published 5 Sep 2013