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“Ordinary people: extraordinary deeds”

New Zealand Rugby Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The sport that shaped a nation.How did rugby come to play such an important role in the culture and heritage of New Zealand, and why are the All Blacks so good? Our Balls, Bullets and Boots Exhibition opens on 22nd August - Rugby Remembers WW1. Explore the rich history and folklore of the nation's game, see some of the world's rarest rugby artefacts, and learn about some of our rugby greats. You can get active by testing your rugby skills in the dedicated "Have A Go" area and measure yourself against the best.
Cardiff, Wales
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500 reviews
207 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 316 helpful votes
“Ordinary people: extraordinary deeds”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

This visit was truly one of the high spots of my visit to New Zealand. I entered this place with mixed feelings as a Welshman, particularly after some of the hammerings we have taken from the Blacks in recent years. I needn't have worried as I was quickly drawn into the fascinating history of New Zealand rugby, from its early faltering steps under Charles Munro to its zenith today. What struck me was how ordinary many of the early pioneers were, as they came off their farms after early milking on Saturdays to play that afternoon, before returning somewhat worse for wear on the pony and traps which found their own way home. I was also very moved by the story of the the Originals, many of whom died later in the conflicts of Europe, and couldn't resist purchasing one of the last remaining replica shirts from Stephen Berg, the Museum's Director, reminding him of the disallowed Bob Deans try in 1905, one of the few times Wales won! This short review cannot do justice to this place, which offers any visitor hours of interest, and for the more mobile plenty of interactivities including have-a-go rugby tests. The work undertaken by Massey University on the growing trends in Rugby highlights the huge difference in size and shape between the Originals and todays modern day players. Extraordinary!

Visited May 2013
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best place to learn about our Ruby History”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

It has so much of the past tours to NZ & the trips that All Blacks have been on. all the photos' and special medals & cups. there's also sort films.

Visited November 2012
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Not much to see”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Waste of time really. Not impressed at all.Very little info, very little from what a museum has to offer in my opinion. As many other times, the concept of MUSEUM is very different from what a Museum is in Europe, for example. The picture is very recent, I just thought it is an interesting way of getting people in?! Brrr...

Visited October 2012
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Dubai
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“ok for stop off if travelling through”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

Wasn't sure what to expect being an avid rugby fan. good historical perspective of NZ rugby and early tours. Also good play zone for our two sons to try skills out on sprinting, kicking pushing and jumping in central activity centre. I would have liked to see some more of the higher tech info and training methods that current AB's use with their players, given sophistication levels now being used in professional game. Friendly hosts and as only visitors at the time very attentive.

Visited July 2013
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Tutbury, United Kingdom
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“Lots to see!”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

We popped into the Rugby Museum as it was a perfect halfway point. We found that it was in a different location to our map but clearly signposted so easy to find! The chap on the reception was welcoming and gave us a good overview of where different parts of the exhibition where. There is lots to see and you can even check out your line out height or try for a drop goal! Must do for Rugby Fans..

Visited July 2013
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