Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Soper Family Rugby Team

I guess a lot of guys might fantasize about producing a rugby team but this man did it. William Davis Soper and his wife, (the article doesn't tell us about her ), came to New Zealand (date not told but I think they infer the gold mining rush in the 1860's), and William became a jack-of-all-trader at Garston.

He had fourteen sons and two daughters and when he died and was laid to rest in Garston cemetery there were 92 grandchildren, 126 great-grandchildren and one gggrandchild.

In 1925 the Soper fifteen was born and beat the Balfour Warriors. In 1928 they were invited to play a sub-union representative side as a curtain -raiser to the Otago-Southland game at Rugby Park. To the delight of the 10,000 spectators, the Soper's prevailed.

The Soper family is due to have their second reunion soon. To get in touch:

The New Zealand Freelance 31st March 1937. To read more, click the image to get a readable version.

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