Auckland v Waikato 28 Sep 1985 Ranfurly Shield, NZ Rugby Programme


28 Sep 1985 - Auckland

condition: very good

This is the official match programme for this Ranfurly Shield Challenge match.

In 1901 the Earl of Ranfurly, Governor of New Zealand and patron of the NZRFU announced his intention to bestow upon the Union a trophy for their use thereof. The Union decided at it's AGM in 1902 that it should be used as a challenge trophy between it's provincial unions. Auckland were awarded the 'Shield' in 1902 because of their unbeaten record, since then it has been won or lost on a single challenge basis. The first defence was in 1904 when Wellington immediately took the shield winning 6-3 in Auckland. Since that day the Ranfurly Shield has been the most prized possession of the New Zealand provincial unions.

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