2019 Rugby World Cup — Kia rite! Get ready!

Come 20 September, New Zealanders will pack a scrum around their television sets (and laptops) to cheer on the mighty All Blacks! There will be lots of screaming and jumping (and some jeering too!) — but all's fair in the excitement and passion of the moment.

This blog post has your rugby resources covered to help you prepare and engage your students with the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Rugby ball with words 'Get into rugby' on it
Get into rugby by Edgar Pimenta. Unsplash. License to use.

Highlights from our rugby past

1870 — the first rugby match was held in New Zealand between Nelson College and the Nelson Football Club.

1890 — the New Zealand Rugby Football Union (NZRFU) formally adopted the black jersey. This led to them being referred to as ‘the Blacks’ and ‘the All Blacks'.

1910 — the first Māori All Blacks team was selected.

1987 — New Zealand won 29–9 against France in the first Rugby World Cup kicked off at Eden Park, Auckland.

2011 — New Zealand won 8–7 against France at Eden Park, Auckland.

2015 — New Zealand won 34–17 against Australia at the Twickenham Stadium in London.

Our teams

These websites have more on New Zealand's rich rugby heritage:

  • All Blacks — the official website of the All Blacks where you can also find information on:
    • Black Ferns
    • All Blacks Sevens
    • Black Ferns Sevens
    • Māori All Blacks.
  • New Zealand Rugby — the organisation that supports and promotes rugby union in New Zealand.
  • New Zealand Rugby Museum — where the heritage of New Zealand rugby is protected, preserved, and displayed.

The haka – our unique, cultural ritual

There’s always awe, anticipation, and silence in the stadium when the All Blacks begin their haka. It speaks of their powerful determination and passion to give the game their best.

But what is the fascinating story behind the All Blacks' haka? Who composed it and why?

Māori culture — five surprising facts about the haka — covers the myth and facts of this fascinating historical and contemporary Māori tradition.

The haka – the starting point of the All Blacks' haka originated in 1888 with the New Zealand Natives. Today, there's 'Kapa o Pango' — the All Blacks' very own haka.

E oma! (Run!) Ki te paepiro rā anō! (To the try line!) Tau kē! (Awesome!)

Shout out with some encouraging words in te reo Māori! Be proud! Be loud! Be heard! Check out:

Keep up with the games!

Here's the low-down on the World Cup games in Japan, including the pools, teams, matches, and statistics:

Other resources

Topic Explorer – Rugby World Cup includes a range of media on the history of rugby, our passion for the game, and the Rugby World Cup. Highlights include:

Many Answers — Rugby features reviewed content from rugby-related websites and database content.

Lending service — how about some new titles from our lending service? That will kick-start the debate about who will win the Rugby World Cup! Here are some of our books about the Rugby World Cup and the All Blacks:

  • 'Rugby World Cup Japan日本 2019 Kids' Handbook' by Simon Collings, 2019
  • 'Rugby World Cup 2019 Book: Everything You Need to Know about the Rugby World Cup' by Graeme Copas, 2019
  • 'Rugby World Cup Japan日本 2019 Kids' Handbook' by Clive Gifford, 2019
  • 'The Jersey: The Secrets Behind the World's Most Successful Sports Team' by Peter Bills, 2018.

And we have these books about Japan:

  • 'Japan' by Wiley Blevins, 2018
  • 'Tokyo Street Style' by Yoko Yagi, 2018
  • 'Japan: the Land and People' by Susie Brooks, 2018
  • 'The Japanese Family Table' by Mari Rich, 2018
  • 'A Brief History of Japan: Samurai, Shōgun and Zen: The Extraordinary Story of the Land of the Rising Sun' by Jonathan Clements, 2017.

Getting kura and tamariki involved!

The games begin 20 September and end on 2 November, so there's plenty of time to use these resources to create some real excitement and activity in your classroom:

  • Ruggerland — this site has a wealth of imaginative inquiry units to get your class thinking about time, place, and people in the World Cup, including fun ways to set up your own Rippa Rugby World Cup.
  • Asia New Zealand Foundation — offers primary to secondary inquiry units about the host cities of Japan, Japanese etiquette, and vocabulary worksheets.
  • Activity Village — has fun facts about each country, including flag printables, colouring pages, maps, worksheets, and puzzles.
  • inspiresport — top tips on how to incorporate the Rugby World Cup into your physical education classes and other learning areas.

So what are we waiting for?

Kia kaha e hoa mā! Let’s go team!

By Janice Rodrigues

Janice is a Librarian (Online Services) with Services to Schools.

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