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Beginnings of Wellington College Old Boys RFC – NZ

The early days of the Wellington College Old Boys Rugby Club as recorded by club historian, Dai Hayward.

How it all Began

It all began one summer afternoon later in 1897. Rugby was finished for the season.

A group of Wellington College boys, leaving that year, were sitting on a grassy bank reminiscing about their time at school. All had been in the First Fifteen or other teams. They agreed they would miss the fun, the excitement, and the camaraderie of rugby.

One, whose name is now lost in the mists of time, but possibly Joe Palethorpe, pointed out that this need not be. ‘Why don’t we start an old boys team?’ he suggested.

The idea was immediately taken up with enthusiasm. Particularly supportive were W. G. Hutchinson, L. McKenzie and A. E. Wilson.
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