Meaning of Ranfurly Shield in English:

Ranfurly Shield

Pronunciation /ˌranfəːlɪ ˈʃiːld/


New Zealand
  • A rugby union trophy competed for annually by teams from New Zealand's provinces.

    ‘it had been 44 years since the Ranfurly Shield had been in their possession’
    • ‘he captained Canterbury to a Ranfurly Shield victory in 1953’
    • ‘His runaway try down the terrace touchline in the dying stages is now a piece of Ranfurly Shield folklore.’
    • ‘Then there was the incredible run of Ranfurly Shield near-misses.’
    • ‘The rest of that season, Taranaki defended the Ranfurly Shield six more times.’
    • ‘Old rugby salts believe the Ranfurly Shield holds almost mystical qualities, able to breathe life into provinces where previously there was barely a pulse.’
    • ‘He scores the winning try to take the Ranfurly Shield off Otago.’
    • ‘Auckland defended the Ranfurly Shield against Horowhenua.’
    • ‘They might have pinched the Ranfurly Shield off Canterbury, but nobody cares now.’
    • ‘They celebrated the team's historic first defence of the Ranfurly Shield.’
    • ‘Ranfurly Shield matches add approximately 15 to 21 per cent to attendances on average.’
    • ‘After a 26-year drought, the Ranfurly Shield is on its way back to the capital.’


Early 20th century from the name of the Earl of Ranfurly, who donated the trophy in 1902.