For seventy years, the axis of world supremacy in rugby union revolved around New Zealand and South Africa. This week’s episode examines how that rivalry was fueled in the inter-war years, via drawn test series, contrasting styles, national pride and, crucially, the exclusion of Maori and all dark-skinned players to appease South Africa’s racist policies. If you want to understand Southern Hemisphere rugby union today, this is the key.
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Source: Rugby League Podcasting Network
115. All Blacks versus Springboks in the inter-war years