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Time Traveller: The famous All Blacks rugby team comes to Vancouver

The men's national team from New Zealand made this stop during a 1925 world tour, leaving behind a trophy that is still given to Lower Mainland high school champions today

In February of 1925, New Zealand’s national rugby team, the All Blacks, played a game in Vancouver.

The stop was the last on the team’s tour across Canada, part of a larger world tour in which they won every single game. The event was the largest sporting event Vancouver had seen, as 9,000 spectators watched the All Blacks beat a local team 49-0.

The team left behind a trophy which is still awarded as the New Zealand Shield to the Lower Mainland’s high school rugby champion each year. Above is a photo of the match, taken by North Vancouver’s Jack Loutet.

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