South Canterbury Rugby Football Union

South Canterbury Rugby Football Union

Infobox_esl_club | clubname = South Canterbury
fullname = "South Canterbury Rugby Football Union"
emblem = Shield
colours = Green and Black
founded = 1888
sport = Rugby union
league = Heartland Championship
ground = Alpine Energy Stadium
web = [http://www.scrfu.co.nz/

The South Canterbury Rugby Football Union (SCRFU) is a rugby province based in the central South Island city of Timaru, New Zealand. The South Canterbury team play from Alpine Energy Stadium located in Timaru.

History

The South Canterbury Rugby Football Union (SCRFU) was formed in 1888 when it broke away from the Canterbury Rugby Football Union. South Canterbury has produced a number of All Blacks and are one of the few unions to have played in all three Divisions of the NPC. South Canterbury has also had some notable victories over touring international sides including the 1961 French team

Representative Rugby

The South Canterbury Rugby team play from Alpine Energy Stadium, Timaru and they play their rugby in the Heartland Championship. They also compete against Mid Canterbury and North Otago for the Hanan Shield.

outh Canterbury in Super Rugby

South Canterbury along with Canterbury, Tasman, Buller, Mid Canterbury and West Coast make up the Crusaders Super 14 franchise.

Championships

South Canterbury won the 2nd division South Island in 1976, 1977, 1981 and the 3rd division in 1986, 1991, 1998, and in 2001.

Heartland Championship placings

Ranfurly Shield

South Canterbury has held the Ranfurly Shield twice, in 1950 and 1974.

1950

Matches Played:
*Sth Canterbury 17 vs Wairarapa 14, Masterton,
*North Auckland 20 vs Sth Canterbury 9, Timaru,

Team Members:
**Coach: Brushy Mitchell (centre, second row)
**Captain: Morrie Goddard (third from left)
**Vice Captain: Lachie Grant (third from right)

1974

*Matches Played:
*Sth Canterbury 18 vs Marlborough 6, Blenheim, August 17th
*Sth Canterbury 9 vs North Otago 3, Timaru, August 31st
*Wellington 9 vs Sth Canterbury 3, Timaru, September 3rd

Team Members:
**Captain: Ken Milne

Hanan Shield

The Hanan Shield is one of the most prestigious trophies in New Zealand's domestic rugby union competition. First played for in 1946, the Hanan Shield is based on a challenge system played between North Otago, South Canterbury and Mid Canterbury.

Clubs

South Canterbury Rugby Football Union is made up of 8 clubs:
* Celtic RFC
* Geraldine RFC
* Harlequins RFC
* Mackenzie RFC
* Old Boys RFC
* Pareora RFC
* Pleasant Point RFC
* Temuka RFC
* Waimate RFC

High School Teams
* Timaru Boys' High School 1st XV - Crusaders' Region Secondary Schools' Rugby Championship "The Press Cup"

Notable Players

All Blacks

There have been 22 players selected for the All Blacks whilst playing their club rugby in South Canterbury.

Name, All Black No. & Year:
* John H Gardner, No.25, 1893
* Charles N MacIntosh, No.39, 1893
* David Stewart, No.54, 1894
* Alfred Budd, No.160, 1910
* Thomas W Lynch, No.177, 1913
* Augustine P Spillane, No.200, 1913
* Eric Cockroft, No.203, 1913
* Percival W Storey, No.224, 1920
* Ronald T Stewart, No.288, 1923
* Gordon P Lawson, No.320, 1925
* William Archie Strang, No.342, 1928
* Thomas C Metcalfe, No.384, 1931
* George T. A. Adkins, No.409, 1935
* Thomas C Morrison, No.441, 1938
* Charles Saxton, No.443, 1938
* Maurice P Goddard, No.467, 1946
* Lachlan A Grant, No.471, 1947
* John W Goddard, No.499, 1949
* Thomas Coughlan, No.592, 1958
* Allan J Stewart, No.638, 1963
* Tom N. Lister, No.673, 1968
* John L Jaffray, No.711, 1972

To view player profile, go to [http://stats.allblacks.com/atoz.asp?group=A allblacks.com]

uper 12/14

*Brendan Laney Otago Highlanders
*Isaac Ross Canterbury Crusaders
*Graham Dempster Canterbury Crusaders

ponsors

*Speights
*McRaeway Homes
*Ranger Group
*Alpine Energy
*South Canterbury Finance
*ISC Sportswear

See also

* List of All Blacks

References

External links

* [http://www.nzrugbynet.com/nzrfu/Provincial+Unions/South+Canterbury+RFU/Home.htm/ NZrugbynet] Official Website
* [http://www.scrfu.co.nz/ SCRFU.co.nz]


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