An intriguing rugby mystery

Now for something very different, as we invite you, the readers, to shed light on, and possibly solve, a rugby mystery with a significant clue right here in our city.
It is well known that the first tour of Britain by a South African rugby team, took place in 1906. In the special edition of Sports Illustrated, devoted to 150 Years of South African rugby, there is a memorabilia section which contains a photograph of a copper plaque, and the following caption:
“The 1906 tour to the British Isles was historic for a great many reasons. There were doubtless many objects created in memory of this auspicious moment in Bok history, but few were rediscovered in a more curious manner than this plaque – it was found in Zimbabwe in the Bulawayo Memorial Hospital. Nobody knows how it got there, but it found its way back to S.A. and was presented to the South African Rugby Board in 1974”.
Recently I had occasion to go to our Grey’s Hospital and there, tucked away on a wall in the entrance foyer, is another one of the 1906 tour commemorative plaques. So, the thick plottens. Can anyone in Maritzburg shed light on this vexing matter? Is there a hospital connection since our plaque and the one featured in the book are both found in hospitals (several thousand kilometres apart)?
Hopefully, a former staff member knows something about the plaque (shown here on the right).

Rob Haswell

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