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George Nepia

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George Nēpia


25 Apr 1905 – 27 Aug 1986


George Nēpia
George Nēpia is considered to be one of New Zealand rugby’s finest players. He played all 32 matches for the famous 1924-25 ‘Invincibles’ on their tour of the British Isles, France and Canada.

Events In History

9 August 1930

Nepia was one of the stars of the 1924-5 All Blacks, playing in all 32 matches on the team's tour of the British Isles, France and Canada. He played the last of his nine tests in 1930, against the British Lions.


1981 Springbok tour

For 56 days in July, August and September 1981, New Zealanders were divided against each other in the largest civil disturbance seen since the 1951 waterfront dispute. The cause of this was the visit of the South African rugby team – the Springboks. Read the full article

Page 3 - Politics and sport

South Africa's apartheid policies and attitudes created obvious problems for New Zealand rugby, given the prominence of Māori in the

Rugby players George Nepia (left) and Brian Killeen at half-time during a rugby match in 1933