Story: Rugby league

Going professional

Sportspeople getting paid and going professional was the focus of considerable attention. This cartoon appeared in the New Zealand Freelance in 1907, following the planning of a professional tour from New Zealand to Britain to play the northern counties.

Using this item

National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: Free Lance, 1 June, 1907, p. 17

Permission of the National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

John Coffey, 'Rugby league - Origins of rugby league', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 August 2020)

Story by John Coffey, published 5 Sep 2013