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|Title:||I. George Nepia: The Golden Years of Rugby Football|
|New / Used:||Used|
|Book Type:||Small hardcover|
|Published By:||AH & AW Reed|
Excellent original condition, light wear on dust jacket, name inside paper, otherwise clean and unmarked. Images depict all need to know detail.
This is the autobiography of one of the greatest All Blacks, the Maori full-back who played in every game of the All Blacks' invincible 1924-25 tour of the British Isles. Nepia was born in Wairoa in Hawkes Bay. While his birth certificate stated that Nepia was born 1905 he later claimed he had been born in 1908. After finishing primary school in Nuhaka, Nepia was to attend Te Aute College but went to the nearby Maori Agricultural College instead. In 1926 Nepia married Huinga Kohere. They had four children, three sons and a daughter.
George Nepia (1905–1986) was a New Zealand Maori rugby union and rugby league player. He is remembered as an exceptional full-back and one of the most famous Maori rugby players. He was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. Nepia was featured in a set of postage stamps from the New Zealand post office in 1990... In 1924 Nepia was selected as a full-back for the All Blacks tour to the United Kingdom. Nepia was one of the stars of the tour. He played in all 32 games – being the only player to do so, and scored 77 points. As the team did not lose any matches, they came to be known as The Invincibles. Nepia was a fine full-back, with a safe pair of hands, a strong kicking game and a fierce tackle. Before games on the tour, he led the team's performance of a haka which had been composed for the tour. Nepia was omitted from the 1928 All Blacks tour of South Africa, probably on racial grounds. Nepia returned to the All Blacks for tours to Australia in 1929 and against the British Lions in New Zealand in 1930.
Well illustrated throughout with b&w images.
Includes newspaper cutting
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