Otago win Ranfurly Shield

Otago with Ranfurly shield

On Friday night when Otago won the Ranfurly Shield off Waikato, it had been 56 years since they held it last.  Some people suggest that the Ranfurly Shield is no longer as important to New Zealanders (players and fans) as it once was, but the reaction after the win on Friday night proved that that […]

ITM Cup round up and preview: Wk 1

Auckland vs North Harbour

Welcome to the first weekly ITM Cup review-slash-preview!  The last ITM Cup round as I saw it and the next ITM Cup round as I see it…  With a little eye candy factor thrown in for good, pervy measure.   Round one review Counties 16 v Wellington 55 Tries: Counties 1 – Wellington 8 There […]

The Ranfurly Shield explained

Ranfurly Shield stadium

The Ranfurly Shield.  The Shield.  The Log o’ Wood.   Whatever you want to call it, the Ranfurly Shield is a HUGE deal in provincial rugby in New Zealand.  It also ties in nicely with the ITM Cup, which started on 15 August, so now is a rather apt time to be telling you all about […]

The ITM Cup Explained

ITM CUP logo

While rugby fans in Australia are having to make do with the Rugby Championship or watching previously recorded games, New Zealand rugby fans are lucky enough to have two months of provincial rugby to watch, in the form of the ITM Cup.  Formerly called the NPC (National Provincial Championship), the ITM Cup is – as […]