New Zealand loves its rugby, and the Deaf community is no exception. Rugby has played a significant role in the NZ Deaf community, not only for the basics such as fitness and discipline, but also a chance to bond as a Deaf team. Rugby has also given the chance to many youths who may be entering the Deaf community for the first time, to find a connection and place to belong. The Deaf rugby battlefield has seen many epic regional and international clashes, and the rivalries are intense right up to the final whistle!
Deaf Rugby in NZ
Second test: New Zealand Deaf vs South Africa
The first ever International Deaf Rugby Test Series was held in New Zealand in 1995 between New Zealand and South Africa. South Africa won the series 2-1.
NZ Deaf Rugby Team in Wales
See Hear reports on the New Zealand Deaf Rugby team’s tour of the UK in 1998.
Deaf Rugby World Cup Final: New Zealand vs Wales
New Zealand play Wales in the Deaf Rugby World Championship final 2002 at Eden Park, Auckland
Deaf social rugby match: Married vs Single men
An informal annual rugby game between teams of Deaf men, married and single, which was played on one of Kelston Deaf Education Centre’s fields.
Inside Out: Deaf Rugby World Championships
Interviews and coverage of the inaugural Deaf Rugby World Championships 2002.