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The Somme Cup 2015


On 29 September 2015 the NZDF's rugby team, the Defence Blacks, plays a commemorative match against a French selection in Paris.

New Zealand Services rugby team in France. Alexander Turnbull Library, Ref: 1/2-014258-G. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23047269

On 29 September 2015 the New Zealand Defence Force rugby team (now known as the “Defence Blacks”) will play a French selection in Paris commemorating a match in 1917 where the NZ Division played a French military side in front of a crowd said to number 60,000 people. The match will be held at the Jean Bouin Stadium, Paris, and kick-off is scheduled for 7.00 pm.
As part of the Defence Blacks' commemorative tour in Europe, the team will play a one-off match in the Dave Gallaher Rugby Tournament against the Belgium national team on 3 October. From there, the team goes to the United Kingdom for the International Defence Force Rugby World Cup (IDRC)
While in Europe the team will also take part in a number of services to acknowledge the sacrifice of 700 New Zealand soldiers who died in the 1917 Battle of Messines.
Download this event's order of service (PDF, 1.69 MB)

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Date added: 16 September 2015 | Last updated: 11 November 2015