Silent film footage of a rugby match played between 161 Battery RNZA (maroon jerseys) and 6RAR (black jerseys) at Ba Ria, South Vietnam in 1966. Watched by a crowd of military personnel and bemused locals, the match was played on a soccer field – note the improvised goalposts and the white tape used to mark out the ground. The final score of the match is unknown.

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The film was recorded by David Roberts (1937-2005). Reproduced courtesy Marie Roberts

How to cite this page: 'Rugby match at Ba Ria - Film', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 18-Dec-2013