Baskerville Shield

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Baskerville Shield
Sport Rugby league football
Instituted 2002
Number of teams 2
Countries  New Zealand
 United Kingdom
Holders  Great Britain (2007)
Baskerville Trophy at the RL Headquarters, Leeds in 2012

The Baskerville Shield is a trophy awarded to the winner of rugby league test series between Great Britain and New Zealand. It named in honour of Albert Henry Baskerville, who organised the first ever tour by New Zealand of Great Britain in 1907.

The shield was inaugurated in 2002,[1] and is currently held by Great Britain after defeating New Zealand 3-0 in a series whitewash on the 2007 All Golds Tour.

The spelling of the trophy is somewhat controversial, as there is much evidence to suggest that Baskiville was the correct spelling of the surname. However, the Rugby Football League used the Baskerville spelling arguing that this was the version used by the man himself.[2]

Albert Baskerville Trophy[edit]

There is also a trophy with this name as the prize in an annual contest in New Zealand.[3]


2002 New Zealand rugby league tour of Great Britain and France - drawn 3 test series, 1 win each and 1 draw, NZRL agree that GB should keep the inaugural shield because it wasn't won outright

2007 New Zealand rugby league tour of Great Britain and France - Great Britain win the series 3-0

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  1. ^ McCann, Liam (2006). Rugby: Facts, Figures and Fun. UK: AAPPL Artists' and Photographers' Press. p. 80. 
  2. ^ [Sean Fagan]. "Albert Baskerville - Or Baskiville?". RL1908. Archived from the original on 17 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  3. ^ NZ News UK Albert Baskerville Trophy