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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to McLean Park and the Hawke's Bay Rugby Team. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

Hawke's Bay's rugby team has a proud record of holding New Zealand's premier rugby trophy, the Ranfurly Shield. Hawke's Bay legend George Nēpia, who toured with the 'Invincibles' All Black team in 1924-25, was one of the finest fullbacks ever. In 1921 McLean Park in Napier hosted the first-ever international game in New Zealand played by the New Zealand Māori side.

The 1924 Invincibles All Black team,

Hawke's Bay rugby,

George Nepia,

Hawke's Bay region: sport, leisure and tourism,

Sports and race,

Donald McLean,

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives, Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number D198 -- D201 DCDR12).

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

Map showing Hawke's Bay Rugby - Roadside Stories