The Ranfurly Shield
New Zealand's most coveted provincial rugby prize, the
Ranfurly Shield, has had a makeover.
At the conclusion of this year's ITM Cup, the New Zealand
Rugby Union sent the famous 'Log o' Wood' away for repairs
and to have the engraved badges replaced to make room for
future holders of the Shield.
The Ranfurly Shield is held by Waikato who beat previous
defenders Taranaki in Round 12 of this year's ITM Cup.
But the Shield had run out of room for winners' badges and
was in general need of some restoration work.
New Zealand Rugby Union general manager of community and
provincial rugby Brent Anderson said work on the shield had
always been scheduled for the end of the season.
"The badges denoting previous winners were all full and we
needed to make some room to acknowledge future winners. It's
a much loved and a well-travelled piece of New Zealand
history, and it was showing all the signs of its rich past,
including a previously repaired crack through the wood,"
"We're delighted that the shield has been returned today with
most of its wear and tear dents repaired. It's had a bit of
varnish and some polish making the shield look a million
dollars. The work has thoroughly respected the history of the
The shield will return to Waikato, its home for the summer,