Rugby: North v South teams will be playing for two trophies


Two trophies of various eras and origins will probably be up for grabs in the course of the North v South match with the Te Matau a Māui – The Fishhook of Maui – unveiled in Wellington right this moment.

Te Matau a Māui, a carved rimu fish hook on a kauri base, will probably be offered to the successful workforce at Sky Stadium on Saturday evening alongside the lately found Loving Cup, a trophy first offered to the 1924 All Blacks almost a century in the past.

Designed and carved by Ngāi Tahu father and son, John and Dave Burke, Te Matau a Māui celebrates the Māori creation story of New Zealand’s two principal islands Te Ika a Māui and Te Waka a Māui.

The Burkes, initially from Otepoti in Dunedin and now resident in Tauranga, had been invited to create a brand new trophy after a New Zealand Rugby (NZR) seek for the Loving Cup initially didn’t discover a piece of silverware first contested in the course of the North v South match in 1932.

New Zealand Rugby Māori Cultural Advisor Luke Crawford stated it was serendipitous that because the carver was ending Te Matau a Māui for a brand new technology of gamers, the Loving Cup was all of the sudden rediscovered within the bowels of Eden Park after being misplaced for 88 years.

“The Steinlager North v South Match has an extended and wealthy custom and each trophies pay homage to what the rivalry is all about, albeit consultant of various eras. It is becoming that they are going to be side-by-side as this conventional contest is revived in 2020.”

Te Matau a Māui - The Fishhook of Māui. Photo / NZ Rugby
Te Matau a Māui – The Fishhook of Māui. Photograph / NZ Rugby

In Māori mythology the demi-god Māui-tikitiki-a-Tāranga fished up Te Ika a Māui (the good fish of Māui) from his canoe Te Waka a Māui (the canoe of Māui) so was perfectly suited for a contest between Aotearoa’s two principal islands, Crawford stated.

“The story of Māui recounts the battle between a fish and a fisherman the place the methods and techniques employed by either side finally led to the formation of Aotearoa, so just like the kind of contest we’ll see at Sky Stadium on Saturday.

“When desirous about what connects a fish to the fisherman, the apparent reply was the hook and line and thus Te Matau a Māui took form.”

Te Matau a Māui additionally options three items of pounamu depicting the North Island, South Island and Stewart Island, which is seen because the anchor of Māui’s canoe.

A graphic design consists of the historic black and white colors of the North and South groups, whereas a taura (rope) incorporates a rugby ball formed toggle with the date 1897, the yr the North v South match was first performed.

The 60-centimetre tall sterling silver Loving Cup was found in August this yr after historian Ian St George went public along with his seek for the previous cup whereas engaged on a ebook a few Kiwi silent movie star dwelling in London.

If the 2020 Steinlager North v South Match is drawn, as has been the case on three earlier events, each trophies will probably be shared by the 2 groups.



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