Waikato Rugby Union - Waikato Centenary Events

Waikato Centenary Events

POSTPONED | New date to be confirmed | Reunion Evening | FMG Stadium Waikato 

Come along to the Waikato Rugby Reunion!

Everyone who was been involved in Waikato Rugby is invited to join us at FMG Stadium Waikato, to remember the good ol‘ days.

Tickets cost $60 each and includes a complimentary drink, nibbles, Centenary,  Plus a cash bar will also be open.

For an additional $25, you can buy a Centennial cap (max 1 per ticket).​​​​​​​ Tickets can be purchased from  elainef@mooloo.co.nz

POSTPONED | Mooloo Parade

April 2022

Watch this Space in conjunctions with our Legends Game there will be and old fashioned Mooloo! Parade Starting in town and making its way Claudelands where you’ll be able to grab a bite of lunch before watching the Legends Game.


POSTPONED | Legends Game - Claudelands Oval

April 2022

History comes back to life with a free-to-attend event with a carnival atmosphere for the whole community where an Invitational South African side take on a Legends Waikato team, re-enacting the historic first international that Waikato ever played.

Check out the Mooloo Facebook page to learn who is on the team! www.mooloo.co.nz


‘A Journey through 100 years’ black-tie event | Claudelands Event Centre

POSTPONED | New date to be confirmed |

100 years of Waikato rugby will be celebrated in style with a black-tie event at Claudelands Event Centre. Hosted by James McOnie and Honey Hireme-Smiler, attendees will be taken on a journey through 100 years of Waikato rugby by the NZ’s most well-known commentators in rugby, John McBeth and Grant Nisbett.

Tickets and tables can be bought from: taniag@mooloo.co.nz

Historical Importance

  • Founded in 1921, Waikato is one of the most successful provincial unions, despite being the fourth youngest union.
  • Waikato has held the Ranfurly Shield on 11 separate occasions, defending it 53 times. This is the third most out of all the provinces, only beaten by traditional powerhouses Auckland and Canterbury.
  • Since the NPC started in the late 1970s, Waikato has consistently been in the top division, winning in 1992 and 2006.
  • In our 100-year history, we have produced 63 All Blacks and have consistently been one of the top performing provinces.
  • Back in the days of international tours also provided some of the Union’s most memorable moments with the 1956 win over the Springboks still regarded by many as the finest day in Waikato Rugby history. Other notable international scalps include France (1961 and 1979), Australia (1972 and 1990), Wales (1988) and the British and Irish Lions (1993).
  • The community game in the Waikato is as strong as ever with the club competition regarded as one of the best in the country. Waikato is made up of 32 clubs from Hamilton and the surrounding districts, and it is the strength of the grassroots game, with almost 10,000 registered players, that makes Waikato rugby strong.
  • Its central location makes it the heart of rugby in the North Island and has led to some historic rivalries over the years, with neighbours Auckland one of the most significant match ups in New Zealand provincial rugby. 
  • The Springbok Tour of 1981 is one of the largest protests in NZ history dividing the country. More than 150,000 people took part in the protests across 28 centres. One of the biggest protests was the Waikato vs Springboks game, where the game ended up being cancelled because of the protesters.​​​​​​​