Rugby Jamboree III update 2

Rugby Jamboree III                     published 12 January 2024

Ian St George, researcher and author of Cliff Porter captain of the Invincibles 100 years on, has confirmed he is attending the jamboree and will present on Sunday.

Ian came to our attention in 2019 when he asked us the whereabouts of the Invincibles Loving Cup.  The following year, during Covid restrictions, the North v South game was reintroduced. The Loving Cup was the awarded trophy until 1932 but it had gone missing.  Thanks largely to Ian’s efforts it was found in the storerooms of Eden Park, missing its lid and filled with raffle ticket butts.  The trophy was polished up and Ian had the pleasure of awarding the Loving Cup to Sam Whitelock, the winning captain of the North v South game.

Ian, had by now met Elaine Westlake, the daughter of the Invincibles captain, Cliff Porter.  He became interested in Cliff Porter’s story and self-published a biography of Cliff in 2022.

Thanks to all who have RSVP’d so far, we have other interesting delegates and we will share their stories in the next update.

Eden Park facilities asst mgr Michael Brown with the Loving Cup in 2020. Photo David White/Stuff

Accommodation update:

We have a discounted rate for Distinction Coachman Hotel Palmerston North

140, Fitzherbert Ave, Palmerston North. Ph: +64 6 3565065

Book into the group using the folio number,


70588 - New Zealand Rugby Museum


The details they require are

Guest names:

Contact phone number:

Email Address:

And a Credit card number to guarantee the reservation:


Fuests can email the details to this email:  We will then email a confirmation of the reservation to them.

Please see their availability & rates below:

•         11 x Studio Motel Rooms @ $140.00 room only

•         10 x Standard Hotel Rooms @ $150.00 room only

•         10 x Deluxe Hotel Rooms @ $190.00 room only


Saturday night dinner will be at the above Coachman. This is a pay-your-own-way arrangement.

We still have some spots open for presenters on Sunday and welcome more RSVPs.

The Rugby Jamboree 3 is on at the New Zealand Rugby Museum

326 Main St, Palmerston North

13-14 April 2024

Saturday will be a day to show off your wares and network.  We will be interviewing people about their stories during the day.

Sunday is a day for specialist presentations, to share more detail.

Stephen Berg

Director New Zealand Rugby Museum

+64 6 3586947