Rugby Southland: Celebrating 130 Years

28 July 2017–29 January 2018


The Southland Museum & Art Gallery Niho o te Taniwha is delighted to present, Rugby Southland: Celebrating 130 Years, an exhibition curated in conjunction with Rugby Southland that highlights Southland’s fascinating rugby history.


Since separating from Otago in 1887, the Southland Rugby Football Union has survived numerous trials and tribulations to create a lasting and well respected legacy. This exhibition looks at local rugby legends, Southland’s All Blacks, equipment and uniform changes over time, international games, grass roots and club rugby, team photographs, Ranfurly Shield victories, mascots, memorabilia, and the evolution of Rugby Park.


A series of rugby related activities and events are being planned to coincide with the September school holidays.


'This exhibition is an opportunity to pay homage to the people and events that have helped shape what the Southland rugby community is today' says Rugby Southland Commercial Manager, Breidi McStay.


'We are extremely appreciative of the museum and those that have lent us their significant Southland rugby mementos to help us with this opportunity to showcase our history and history makers' says Rugby Southland General Manager, Andrew Moreton.


'We know there are a significant amount of other Southland rugby treasures out there across the province and a dream result would be to one day have a permanent exhibition' adds Moreton.


'Anyone who has an interest in rugby will get a lot out of the exhibition due to what is on display' says former All Black and Southland representative, Kevin Laidlaw.


Rugby Southland: Celebrating 130 Years will be on display across two levels in the museum from 28 July 2017 until 29 January 2018, at the Southland Museum & Art Gallery, 108 Gala Street, Invercargill.