Rugby Legends: The Spirit of the Black JerseyHe Hautipua Whutupōro: Te Hautoa o te Poraka Pango

New Zealand’s black jersey is rugby’s most potent symbol. Discover some of this country’s rugby legends – teams and players who embody the spirit of the black jersey.

When | Āhea

02 Jun – 15 Oct 2017

Where | Ki hea

Level 3

Cost | Te utu

Free entry


All ages


20 minutes

Accessibility | E wātea ana ki
  • wheelchair accessible

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Highlights include the ‘eel-like’ jersey worn by 1905’s ‘Originals’, the first team called ‘All Blacks’, and the jersey Richie McCaw pulled on for the quarterfinals of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Explore the history of the game in New Zealand through legendary players such as Dave Gallaher, George Nepia, Farah Palmer, and McCaw, and trace the evolution of the national team and its iconic emblem: the silver fern.

Various trophies on display in the exhibition, including the Dave Gallaher Cup, Tom French Cup, and Women’s Sevens World Cup. Photograph by Rachael Hockridge. Te Papa

Experience the All Blacks haka in 3D via Haka 360. Photograph by Rachael Hockridge. Te Papa

Looking at the Webb Ellis Cup replica. Photograph by Rachael Hockridge. Te Papa

Historical quotes, photos, and objects adorn the wall along one side of the exhibition. Photograph by Rachael Hockridge. Te Papa

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