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Balls, Bullets & Boots: From Rugby Field to Battlefield

06 Jun 2017 - 22 Jul 2017


Tuesday 6 June 2017, 10.00am - Saturday 22 July 2017, 3.00pm

Monday-Friday 10am-4.30pm, late-night Wednesday until 6pm, Saturday 10am-3pm, closed Sundays & public holidays


Papakura Museum, 209 Great South Road, Papakura, Auckland

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Kay Thomas

09 298 2003


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Balls, Bullets & Boots: From Rugby Field to Battlefield – 6 June - 22 July 2017.

A unique WWI commemorative exhibition that tackles the story of wartime rugby.

In popular memory, rugby players during the Great War were heroes, athletes turned soldiers, making noble sacrifices for the 'greater game' of war as they traded cheers of spectators for the roar of artillery fire.

This interactive, multi-media exhibition explores the impact that the harsh reality of war had on colonial sportsmen (and their loved ones) as they were transplanted from the rugby fields of home to fight for the 'mother country'.

This is the first time this touring exhibition, developed by the New Zealand Rugby Museum, is appearing in Auckland.