If you’re looking for the best New Zealand rugby-themed children’s book to give to your rugby-mad child or grandchild as a great birthday or Christmas present, then this is the book for you.

What it takes to wear black tells the tale of Henry Butland, who played for the very first rugby team to officially represent New Zealand in 1893. But it’s just as much an adventure story as a rugby story, with Henry having to overcome the biggest of all obstacles (the mighty Southern Alps) just to make it to Australia to play.

Showing incredible determination and commitment Henry made it to Australia, where he helped his New Zealand Representative Team thump the Aussies, winning 9 of their 10 games.

What it takes to wear black has been written specifically for children aged between 5 and 9 years old, but it’s sure to inspire any rugby-playing kid as it transports them back in time to the very beginnings of rugby in New Zealand.

What it takes to wear black includes a foreword from Sir Graham Henry himself and is packed with loads of early New Zealand rugby history. Buy it today and find out exactly what it takes to wear black.