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Ball, rugby; Gilbert Rugby; c1950; 2011.169

Ball, rugby; Gilbert Rugby; c1950; 2011.169
Name/Title
Ball, rugby
About this object
Rugby ball; a brown leather rugby ball, stamped: "Improved Springbok, Gilbert Rugby, England". The ball is covered with barely legible signatures. May have belonged to Jack McNab.

Jack McNab (b. 1924), a flanker from the Owaka club, toured South Africa in 1949 with the All Blacks. He played in three tests against the South Africans that year and another three against the British Lions in 1950.

On the long tour of South Africa, when the journey to the republic was made by ship, he was given just one jersey, numbered 20 - each squad member was given a single jersey to wear and clean on the 24-match tour.

McNab was an Owaka stalwart, playing only for that club over his whole career. Jack passed away in May of 2009, aged 85.

Maker Role
Maker
Date Made
c1950
Medium and Materials
processed material, leather
Inscription and Marks
Stamped: "IMPROVED / SPRINGBOK / GILBERT / MAKER / RUGBY / ENGLAND / TRADE MARK / MADE IN ENGLAND"
Measurements
h 130mm x l 320mm x w 120mm
Medium

Subject and Association Keywords
recreation. leisure, sports, ball games
Credit Line
From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey".
Object number
2011.169

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