What It Takes To Wear Black


What it takes to wear black might just be the greatest New Zealand rugby story ever told and is guaranteed to inspire every rugby-mad kiwi kid.

It tells the story of my Great Grandfather Henry Butland who was selected to play rugby for New Zealand in 1893. It was the very first tour to be organised by the New Zealand Rugby Union and legend has it that Henry had to traverse the Southern Alps on foot to catch the ship to Australia to play.

The book reimagines his feat and illustrates the dedication and commitment required to represent one’s country at the highest level.

Much more than just an exciting adventure story, this book is packed with information about life in New Zealand in 1893, as well as loads of early rugby history. It even includes a foreword from Rugby World Cup-winning coach Sir Graham Henry.

It’s sure to capture your child’s imagination as it transports them back into New Zealand’s colourful past.

Suitable for children 6 to 10 years of age.

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