A Tale of Two Dinners: New Zealand Rugby and the Embrace of Empire, 1919–32

  title={A Tale of Two Dinners: New Zealand Rugby and the Embrace of Empire, 1919–32},
  author={Greg Ryan},
  journal={The International Journal of the History of Sport},
  pages={1409 - 1425}
  • G. Ryan
  • Published 9 June 2011
  • History
  • The International Journal of the History of Sport
This article challenges the standard portrayal of rugby as a vibrant component of New Zealand's emerging national identity during the first third of the twentieth century. Deriving from a critique of the 1905 All Blacks tour of Britain, it argues that New Zealand rugby methods and attitudes attracted more condemnation than adulation from Britain and that the Antipodean game was itself sharply divided between reformers determined to modernise the game and allow greater leniency on questions of… 
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