Saturday, February 20, 2010
the home of rugby
Rugby doesn't get a lot of attention in the US. In NZ, it's big stuff. The Rugby World Cup, held every 4 years since 1987, will be hosted by NZ next year. The NZ national team, the All Blacks, won the inagaural tournament and has finished lower than 4th only once. A lot is expected of them. Nelson will be one of the venues for the matches and will be hosting the Italian team. The stadium in town is in the process of receiving a new grass surface.
It just so happens that down the hill from our rental home is a park that was the site of the first rugby game in NZ history in 1870. A young lad by the name of Monro had traveled to the UK as part of his education and brought the game back with him upon his return. Nelson proudly claims to be the birthplace of NZ rugby!