• Patrick McBride

9th grade junior rugby match from 1956

West Coast Rugby Museum uploads historic color footage of local rugby match

Footage from the Wally Messenger collection

The above footage was loaded on the West Coast Rugby Museum facebook page today.

It features the Blaketown v Cobden 9th grade junior rugby match from Rugby Park in 1956.

The match was a curtain raiser to a West Coast match, and played in front of a huge crowd.

The game was on a reel that has been converted to a digital format which also features West Coast playing NZ Maori in 1956 at Rugby Park, Greymouth along with a touring Springbok side playing West Coast/Buller in Westport.

"We've been able to digitise the footage, and we'll be showcasing some of the amasing colour film in the coming days," said local historian Adam Gilshnan.

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