Book captures slice of rugby history

Last updated 05:00 28/07/2012
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"Eighty Years On" is a celebration of more than 80 years of rugby matches in a long-standing rivalry between two local schools.

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EIGHTY YEARS ON: Timaru Boys' High School 1st XV v St Andrew's College 1st XV

R Mervyn Taiaroa and Don J Davison

This book is a celebration of more than 80 years of rugby matches between the two schools, and is an excellent read.

It has been compiled from both schools' archives, magazines and local newspapers, and reflects the fluctuating fortunes of a long-standing rivalry.

It also highlights the impact on the schools of the Depression, the war and the economic recovery leading to the "professionalisation" of the game as well as the proliferation of other sports and competitions associated with the annual school interchanges.

So in many ways, this is a celebration of more than 80 years of fierce rugby rivalry but also enduring friendships.

Each game is described in a brief report supported by a selection of photos for each decade.

At the end of each decade comments are made on the subsequent playing records of prominent players in age group, NPC, Super Rugby, New Zealand Universities or All Black teams.

The rivalry is also told against the background of the huge changes which have taken place in secondary school rugby over the last 80 years.

A section at the end of the book details brothers, fathers and grandfathers who have played for each of the schools' 1st XVs.

There is a separate chapter on the background to the Milliken-Williams Trophy, first played for in July 2010, and details about Harold Milliken and Claude Williams' debuts in the 1938 All Blacks, and their subsequent careers.

The appendices include tables of captains, coaches and results from 1929-2009 and of course names all the players from 1929 to 2012.

Books can be purchased for $30 from Timaru High School Old Boys' Association representative Graeme Gliddon on 03 686 2004.

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- The Timaru Herald

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