Monday, 16 December 2019


Ranfurly Shield to visit Whitianga

Ranfurly Shield to visit Whitianga

The Thames Valley Rugby Union’s Swamp Foxes will be challenging for the Ranfurly Shield against Counties Manukau on 2 July. To promote the game, the shield will be touring the Coromandel and Hauraki Plains next week.

The shield will be at Mercury Bay Area School on Tuesday 17 June from 12:30pm - 2:00pm. Everyone is welcome to have a look at the shield, just sign in at the school office.

The shield, colloquially known as the “Log o' Wood,” was first played for in 1904. The shield is based on a challenge system - the holding union must defend the shield in challenge matches and a successful challenger becomes its new holder.

Counties Manukau won the shield on after beating Hawkes Bay on 7 September 2013.


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