First Deaf rugby league game between Australia and New Zealand in Sydney

1988
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Historic first rugby league game between New Zealand and Australia, which took place in Sydney 1988 (Henson Park, Newton). Australia won 16–6.
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Historic first rugby league game between New Zealand and Australia 1988 in Sydney, on 11 June 1988 at Henson Park, Newton. The Australians are the Trans-Tasman Cup Champions. The Kiwis kick off the game with a rousing haka, but the game went to the Australians 16-6. While in Sydney, the Kiwi team also played a match against NSW which they lost 8–18. The first rugby league tour by the New Zealanders would plant a seed in the heads of the Australians for a trip to New Zealand two years later in 1990. Footage covers the game, changing room drinks and celebrations. The New Zealand Deaf Kiwis team consisted of:

Michael Collett (Captain), Noel Hooper (Vice Captain), Peter Musgrave, Richard Renata, Andrew Pelasio, Sidney Johnson, Richard Peri, Brent Ryder, Rodney Roberts, Kevin Carroll, Wayne Andresen, Ronald Hood, Michael Wi, Nigel Pumipi, Wayne MacKail, Warwick Flintoff, Maurice Ratapu (Coach), Robert Marquet (Team Manager and Sponsor)

 

Produced by:
John Herbert
Original format:
MP4
Reference number:
SignDNA – Deaf National Archive New Zealand, TC01-01-SPO88