Exhibition Now For Hire
The exhibition is travelling the country on its national tour (view tour itinerary). through till 2019.
About the Exhibition
In popular memory, rugby players during the Great War were heroes, athletes turned soldiers, making noble sacrifices for the “greater game” of war as they traded the cheers of spectators for the roar of artillery fire. This interactive, multimedia-based exhibition explores the impact that the harsh reality of war had on colonial sportsmen (and their loved ones) as they were transplanted from the rugby fields of home overseas to fight for the ‘mother country’.
Developed and toured by the NZ Rugby Museum
Backed by exhaustive military and sports research, the exhibition conveys a compelling perspective on how the intertwined stories of rugby and war shaped our nation then and now, is touring New Zealand 2016 to 2019.
Interested in finding out when it will be on-show near you? Keep checking back here for an exhibition tour schedule as host-venue bookings progress.
The life stories of the XVI people featured in the exhibition (and accompanying e-book) aim to encapsulate the range of wartime experiences Kiwi’s 100 years ago would have had, with their love of rugby the common denominator in their selection for the NZ Rugby Museum’s ‘exhibition XVI’.
Meet a pioneering female coach, three pre-war All Blacks and three post-war All Blacks, a schoolboy rugby player-cum-soldier and a rugby-mad military defaulter, rugby players who served in the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and NZ Tunnelling Company, three NZ Maori players and a highly decorated VC winner who had a stellar pre-war provincial rugby career…