Ribbon, Souvenir

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A souvenir rugby ribbon commemorating the game between Taranaki and the Springboks on 11 August 1956. The black ribbon is fringed with amber and features a Springbok and a kiwi in yellow. " TARANAKI / 1956 SPRINGBOK / TOUR / OF / NEW ZEALAND " is marked on the ribbon.
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This rugby ribbon marks a memorable result in Taranaki provincial rugby history when the home side drew 3-3 with the touring Springboks. Peter Burke, who captained the Taranaki side that day later cited it as one of his career highlights "They (the South African players) never beat us – but they beat the All Blacks," he said. See Peter Burke Takes Leading Role in Rugby History http://www.pukeariki.com/Research/TaranakiResearchCentre/TaranakiStories/TaranakiStory/id/642/title/peter-burke-takes-leading-role-in-nz-rugby-history.aspx 
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