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

Gilbert Rugby

Maker Role

Maker

Date Made

c1950

Place Made

Europe, United Kingdom, England

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 Type

recreational equipment

Object number

2011.169

Copyright Licence  

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