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Starting at this year’s Steinlager Awards, the prestigious Rugby Volunteer of the Year Award will be known as the Charles Monro Rugby Volunteer of the Year Award.
Monro is recognised as the man who brought the game of rugby to New Zealand having observed and played the game while studying at Christ’s College, Finchley, in London. On his return to New Zealand he organised the first game of rugby in May 1870 between the Nelson Football Club and Nelson College and later organised the first inter-district game of rugby when a group from Nelson Football Club played a Wellington selection at Petone in September that year.
The Rugby Volunteer of the Year Award is one of the most valued and important presented at the Steinlager Awards and its status is underlined by the fact that it has, in recent years, always been presented by the New Zealand Rugby Union Chairman or President.
NZRU Chairman Jock Hobbs said: “The association with Charles Monro who, through his voluntary efforts established rugby in New Zealand and helped it prosper and grow through his enthusiasm and commitment, is entirely appropriate and positive.”
NZRU Past President and Steinlager Rugby Awards judging panellist Andy Leslie said he was delighted with the re-naming of the award in Monro’s honour.
“The judging panel thought this was a great connection and adds to the prestige and value of this award which, even in the company of the other categories, stands out as one which recognises all of the outstanding people who contribute voluntarily to rugby in New Zealand.”
Five franchises were created in New Zealand, merging the 26 domestic unions. The Kiwi sides are representative of their 'catchment areas' (the collection of unions that make up the franchise). The three Australian teams were the traditional rugby states of New South Wales and Queensland and a new team from the ACT called the Brumbies. For the first three years of the competition, South Africa determined its sides via qualification in the Currie Cup, with the four semi-finalists from the previous season taking part, before they loosely followed the Kiwi model and created franchises from combined Currie Cup unions.