The ultimate New Zealand rugby story and New Zealand history book all rolled in to one!
What it takes to wear black tells the story of Henry Butland who was selected to play rugby for New Zealand in 1893, but with the Southern Alps standing in his way, just getting to the game would prove quite a challenge. It illustrates the dedication and commitment required to represent one's country at the highest level, and is guaranteed to capture children's imaginations as it transports them back into New Zealand's colourful past.
Much more than just an exciting adventure story, this book is packed with loads of information about life in New Zealand in 1893, plus plenty of early rugby history. It also includes a foreword by Rugby World Cup winning coach and former school principal Sir Graham Henry.
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