Meaning of Ranfurly Shield in English:

Ranfurly Shield

Pronunciation /ˌranfəːli ˈʃiːld/

noun

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.’

Origin

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