The PEACE CUP – will be at the Rugby Jamboree

The Peace Cup is turning 100 in 2020, and Andrew Young of Te Awamutu is planning a centenary celebration.  This battered trophy has a storied life, one well worth celebrating.

Past Te Awamutu teams, who have won the prestigious trophy, have told some wonderful tales about the ‘ugliest’ cup around.  It’s been dragged behind busses and was, apparently, lost for 12 years until a farmer found it

The Peace Cup

The Peace Cup was donated by Mr R. English, a Hamilton accountant and Auditor for the Waikato Rugby Union in 1920. “For the furtherance of Rugby Football at Sub-Union Level and shall be a Challenge Trophy”.  The Peace Cup was the symbol of rugby sub-union supremacy in the Waikato, Thames Valley, King Country and Bay of Plenty regions.

In earlier years the Peace Cup ranked only below the Ranfurly Shield in stature in the region and drew large crowds and parochial support. Special trains were put on to ferry parochial away team supporters to Peace Cup games, with host towns often putting on street parades that made their way to the ground on game day.

In 2004 the Peace Cup was stolen. The Cup was taken to a preliminary game between Hamilton and Te Awamutu to show case, and subsequently disappeared without trace at the after match function.  A small storm of publicity followed. On the morning of the Peace Cup Final, Kit Fawcett answered a knock on his front door. While no one was to be seen, a black rubbish bag sat on his doorstep. Inside was the Peace Cup, which was taken to the Final.  Andrew Young and the Peace Cup will be at the Rugby Jamboree.

Have you got a great story, a vast collection, or an interesting object and you’d like to show it off or maybe try and find out more?  Contact the New Zealand Rugby Museum, book a table and be a part of the Rugby Jamboree.

The day will have events and games for the young and regular mini-auctions for traders.

For those with special projects, Sunday has been set aside for presentations to share more detail.