19 May 2010

'Momentum building' for face-to-face rugby apology

5:29 pm on 19 May 2010

Rugby historian Malcolm Mulholland says momentum is building for a face-to-face apology to Maori who were excluded from white-only All Black tours to South Africa.

The author of the centenary history Beneath the Maori Moon says the Te Poho o Rawiri marae committee at Gisborne is willing to host a meeting when the Springboks are in New Zealand in July.

Mr Mulholland says South African Rugby Union president O'Regan Hoskins will attend.

He told Waatea News a formal invitation will be issued to other parties once the participation of the South African government is confirmed.

Mr Mulholland said Te Poho o Rawiri is where the Springboks were welcomed in 1965 and 1981, so it's the ideal place for the apology.