May 13, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Maori Rugby team told to “throw the game” against Springboks in 1956

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The scars of a racially-divided past have come back to haunt some, test others and put Maori Rugby back in the spotlight.

Muru WaltersAnother veteran from that game, Tiny Hill (lock), disputed this claim, saying that Corbett never even appeared in the sheds and that this allegation was false. It came down to bad tactics Hill said, after the Boks beat the Maori team, 37-0.

The South African regime of apartheid and racial segregation tainted the reputation of the country from 1948 to 1994. Maori players were excluded from All Black tours in 1928, 1949 and 1960.

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3 thoughts on “Maori Rugby team told to “throw the game” against Springboks in 1956

  1. Former All Black prop and Maori All Black captain Bill Bush says it may be time for Maori rugby to sever its ties with the New Zealand Rugby Football Union and go it alone. Mr Bush says the union's refusal to respond to a call to apologise for excluding Maori from touring teams to South Africa for half a century is part of a pattern of prejudice against Maori.
    He says it still comes up in team selections. he told Waatea News that every time a player is dropped, it has to be a Maori. He says three were dropped before the World Cup in 2007. Mr Bush says it now appears the NZRFU is not going to organise a game for the Maori All Blacks next year, which would have been a consolation for Maori players who miss out on the World Cup squad.

  2. There are more brickbats for the New Zealand Rugby Union over its position on Maori rugby.

    Te Puni Kokiri has put $200,000 towards planned centenary tours this year, but the NZRU is not contributing. Maori Party MP Hone Harawira says he is hugely disappointed the rugby union has done little so far, for Maori rugby in its centenary year. He is also frustrated, but not surprised the NZRU has not apologised for the historical exclusion of Maori players from Springbok tours. Mr Harawira says it shows the same mentality exists in New Zealand rugby in 2010, that it used to accuse the South Africans of, back in 1970.

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