When the New Zealand rugby team returned to Wellington after their unbeaten eight-match tour of New South Wales, there was a celebratory banquet at the Empire Hotel. Governor William Jervois made clear in this speech that the success of the team had brought considerable pride to the colony.
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Reference: Hawke's Bay Herald, 25 June 1884, p. 4
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