Rodney Roberts

The beginnings of Easter Deaf Rugby: Northern Region vs Southern Region

1992
The third game of 15-a-side Deaf rugby tournament in New Zealand: Southern Region seek to avenge their earlier defeat to the Northern Region.
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This was the third national Deaf Rugby Championship, with a game of 15-a-side rugby between the Northern Region and Southern Region. It was not until 1993 that the Northern Region was separated into the Northern and Central Zone, and the Southern Region renamed the Southern Zone.

Rodney Roberts and Jamie Kuklinski from the Northern Region were both recruited to assist the Southern team, who were short of players, and the Southern avenged their defeat to the Northern region in 1991, by beating the Northern Region 28 to 13!

After the game, the players head for dinner and drinks. The President of New Zealand Deaf Rugby Football Union (NZDRFU), formally established in 1991, Reginald Leach, and the Secretary Kevin Pivac give speeches, with Craig Howarth awarded the best player for the Southern Region, and Warwick Flintoff for the Northern Region.

The year before, also held in Palmerston North, the Northern Region beat the Southern Region 26 to 0.

File ref: RR15-01-SPO92

Donated by Rodney Roberts
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